COVID-19 Vaccine Information
SIGN UP for free COVID-19 Vaccine and check your pre-registration status on the new Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration website that went live on Feb. 16, 2021: Vaccinate Virginia
The Virginia Department of Health Hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3 (877) 275-8343
PWHD Call Center: (703) 872-7759
IMPORTANT VACCINE UPDATE:
A new Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System launched Feb 16, 2021. The Prince William Health District (PWHD) Waitlist Form stopped @ 5PM on Fri, Feb 12, 2021 and the data will be uploaded into the new Statewide system. If you'd like to read more, we've included a link to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Press Release.
VDH Press Release Feb. 12, 2021
The FDA has approved one vaccine and several others are very close to being approved for COVID-19. There is hope and hopefully an end to this awful pandemic. To help our residents and others understand information about this first vaccine, please read the following information.
The Virginia Department of Health has provided information on how the COVID-19 vaccine was created and approved. This document has also been provided in Spanish. After reading the document, I hope you will agree to get the vaccine. A vaccine only gets FDA approval if it tests both SAFE and EFFECTIVE.
Once the vaccine is distributed to the public, monitoring doesn't stop there. All vaccines in the United Sates are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness through a variety of agencies and organizations. You can read more about it here. Safety monitoring in Spanish can be read here. If you have more questions about the FDA's guidelines, you can read them here.
Information from Trusted Resources:
CDC: Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines
FDA: COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use
VDH: Virginia Department of Health
VDH about the Vaccine
VDH Frequently Asked Questions about the Vaccine
NOVANT UVA Prince William FAQs about the Vaccines
Vacuna contra el COVID-19
Interested in the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine? View this video to see and hear answers to top questions. It’s so important to know the facts when making healthcare decisions.
¿Está interesado en los detalles sobre la vacuna COVID-19? Vea este video para ver y escuchar las respuestas a las preguntas principales. Es muy importante conocer los factores y detalles al tomar decisiones sobre la atención médica.
CDC: Contact Tracing (SP)
CDC: What Expect Vaccination (SP)
CDC: Key Steps When Waiting for COVID-19 Results
- Does my ID number indicate my place in line for the vaccine?
No, this number is just used to look up your record, it does not indicate your place in line to receive a vaccine. Appointments will be offered based on phase/group priority, phase/group eligibility and vaccine availability.
- I am traveling overseas; can I get my vaccine soon?
If you currently qualify for a group that is approved for vaccination, you may schedule your vaccination if an appointment is available or join the state pre-registration system. You cannot jump the state pre-registration system.
- Do you have information on vaccination clinics/processes in other counties or health districts?
No, you will need to contact that county or health district directly to receive that information.
- My spouse/family member/friend and I registered for the waitlist. Only one of us was contacted to schedule a vaccination, what about the other?
Appointments are scheduled based on phases/groups approved by the Virginia Department of Health. If one individual qualifies for a group that is currently approved to receive a vaccine, that individual will be contacted. If the other person does not qualify for a currently approved group, that individual will be contacted later once their group is approved.
- I need to cancel my vaccination appointment; how do I do that?
If you scheduled your appointment through the PWC Call Center, you need to request your appointment be cancelled through the PWC Call Center by calling 703-872-7759. If you need to reschedule a Veterans Park/Safeway appointment, use the instructions for cancelling and rescheduling in the email confirmation you received from Albertsons (the company that owns Safeway).
- I registered through the PWC waitlist but have not received an appointment yet. When will that happen?
Your appointment can be scheduled once your vaccination group is approved and an appointment is available. If your vaccination group is not yet eligible to receive a vaccination, you will need to wait until it is approved by the Virginia Department of Health.
- I accidentally said I do not have any underlying health conditions, but I do. What do I do?
When you arrive at the clinic, notify the nursing staff who can review your health history with you and determine the best course of action. If you registered on the state pre-registration system, you may call the VDH Call Center at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) and request that your record be updated.
- I live in PWC but work in another jurisdiction, where I am a healthcare professional/essential worker. Can I get vaccinated in PWC?
You will need to get vaccinated in the jurisdiction where you work. Your employer should have more information on vaccination procedures. You can get vaccinated where you live based on your age or health conditions, not based on essential worker status.
- I want to schedule my vaccine but my phase/group isn’t approved yet. How do I sign up?
Everyone is approved to sign up for the state pre-registration system at this time. You will be scheduled once your phase/group is approved and an appointment is available for you.
- I need to update my information in VAMS. How do I do that?
If you registered through VAMS, you will need to go back into that system to update your information, PWC is unable to access those records.
- I received an appointment, but I would like to be scheduled sooner, is that possible?
Vaccine appointments are scheduled for currently approved phases and groups based on vaccine availability. Your appointment will be scheduled as soon as possible, based on phase & group priorities, vaccine availability and your availability. PWC is working with the Prince William Health District to increase the number of appointments available so residents can be accommodated in a timely manner.
- I signed up for the waitlist last week but I have not heard anything back. When will I be contacted?
You should receive an email from the state pre-registration system acknowledging that you were added to the state pre-registration system with an ID number. If you did not receive an email, you can visit the state pre-registration system to check your registration status at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister.html or call the VDH Call Center at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) to confirm your registration. You will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available for your phase and a vaccination is available. PWC is working to increase the number of available appointments and we appreciate your patience at this time!
- I received my first dose and now I need to register for my second dose. How do I do that?
If you received your first dose from a Prince William Health District Clinic and were not added to the second dose waitlist while you were there, please call the PWHD call center to be added to that list. If you received your vaccination at a non PWHD clinic, you will need to contact that clinic to schedule a second dose.
- I work at/own a company and my employees need to get vaccinated, how do I get them signed up?
Please have each employee visit the state pre-registration system site at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister.html or call the VDH Call Center at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) to register for their vaccination. When they are eligible to receive a vaccine and there is an appointment available, the employee will be contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment.
- I am from out of state/area but I will be in the Prince William Health District indefinitely for work or to care for family members. Can I receive the vaccine in PWC?
You are eligible for a vaccine based on your Phase and Group. Please visit the state pre-registration system at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister.html or call the VDH Call Center at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) to register.
- What if someone cannot get vaccinated within 28-42 days? Do they have to repeat their first dose?
If an individual cannot get a vaccination within 42 days, they should get the second dose ASAP after the expiration of the 42-day window; do not repeat the first dose.
- I received my first dose out of state, can I get my second dose in Prince William County?
If an individual gets their first dose out of state, they need to get their second dose in the same place they received their first dose, even if it is out of state.
- I take care of a high-risk child/parent/family member. Am I eligible for a vaccine?
Caregivers can get priority vaccination if caring for a high-risk individual. When using the State Vaccination Registration Site, choose the underlying health condition option that matches the underlying health condition of the patient. The underlying health condition must meet CDC guidelines to qualify.
- Do members of the clergy qualify for vaccinations at this time?
Clergy will be added to phase 1b, group #10. They may register through the State Vaccination Registration Site.
- I need to get the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which PWHD clinic should I go to?
The PWHD does not receive Pfizer vaccines. You need to reach out to the location that gave you your first dose to register for a second dose. You can also try working through your primary care provider to find a second Pfizer dose. The PWHD clinics only administer Moderna.