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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Final occupational categories now eligible for COVID vaccine

Vaccinations underway at the Annandale CVS on Little River Turnpike.
Beginning today, April 7, individuals who live or work in the Fairfax Health District that fall into several more occupational categories are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine.

These are the last seven priority groups of essential workers in Phase 1c as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. 

The newly added categories are:

  • Finance
  • Information technology and communication
  • Media
  • Legal services
  • Public safety (engineers)
  • Other public health workers
  • Barbers, stylists, and hairdressers

Eligible people should register with the Fairfax Department of Health here

The Fairfax Health District includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna.

Employees should be prepared to show some form of work-related identification or paystub when they show up for their vaccination appointment.

Related story: More essential workers eligible for COVID vaccine

Fairfax County expects to move into Phase 2 by April 18 in accordance with federal and state goals for the COVID vaccination rollout. Phase 2 includes everyone age 16 and up. 

The finance category includes people who work in accounting, insurance, management of companies, payroll services, securities, and tax preparation, among other jobs. See the full list here

The IT and communication category includes people who work in computer and office machine repair and maintenance, consumer electronics repair and maintenance, data centers, data processing, internet publishing, cellphone technicians, and software publishing. 

The legal services category covers lawyers, court reporters, and parole officers, as well as people who work in judicial systems. 


  1. Honestly this seems incredibly stupid to me. Finance and IT are the definition working from home type of jobs. At this point just open it up of keep it stratified by age.

    1. I agree with Chris - I'd qualify under Finance but my job has been 100% telework since early March 2020. I get hairdressers and the other categories but we should have just did folks 60-64 in late March then 50-60 this week and then open it up to everyone else.

    2. You know IT people have to actually touch the hardware sometimes, right?