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We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.
According to the CDC:
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.
COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.
Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.
There are COVID-19 Pandemic Accessible Resources available for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind at https://www.vddhh.org/COVID19DHHResources.htm
From the VDH: If you were referred to the VDH hotline by Walmart or any pharmacy it was an error. The Vaccine Central Information Center (VCIC-the VDH Central call line) cannot assist with scheduling for the pharmacy sites. They must use the online sites set up by each pharmacy company. If you do not have internet access, you can call the VCIC 1-877-VAX- IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) An agent there will register them into the VDH database but cannot assist with registration for the pharmacy sites.
In April, FEMA will begin accepting applications for COVID-19 funeral assistance. Find out more here...
Absolutely. The Peninsula Health District (PHD) continues to register individuals for the vaccine. However, beginning mid-February, a limited supply of the vaccine will be made available to select pharmacies and physician’s offices. The PHD registration is not being used for these other sites. You are encouraged to register for the vaccine at each verified location and to take the first appointment available.
The registration includes your preferred contact information (email address or best phone number to reach you). When vaccines are available and it is your "turn", the Health Department will contact you with a notification of time and place and you will book your appointment upon receiving that information.
This response is from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Once receiving your Covid vaccine, it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days between this vaccination and any other vaccination (flu, shingles, etc.)
If you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
***** If a COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series; you should still complete the series on schedule. When more data are available on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, CDC may update this recommendation.
While the vaccine supply is limited, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered in phases. People who are most likely to have severe COVID-19 illness, essential workers, and individuals age 75 and older are in the first vaccination groups.
If you have questions about the vaccination, please call your doctor’s office or pharmacy. Information is also available on the Virginia Department of Health’s website – vaccinate.virginia.gov.
Photo identification is not required for vaccination. It is important, however, to have some way to confirm your identity (i.e. name, date of birth) so that Virginia Department of Health can confirm they are vaccinating the right person. You cannot be turned away for lack of documentation.
Yes, the vaccine is provided at no cost to everyone.
Proof of Virginia residency is not required to receive a COVID vaccine from the Virginia Department of Health. Vaccines are intended to be used for the residents in the districts where the vaccines are provided, however. But, no one who qualifies is refused a vaccine based on where they live.
You can find general information on our COVID-19 Connections webpage, informational Citizen News Weekly as well as a Resource page for our Business community.
An Executive Order is in place to require face coverings while inside buildings. The Order shall be effective 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2020, and shall remain in full force and effect until amended or rescinded by further executive order. Read the Order here
We encourage you to visit individual webpages or call the department/division directly before visiting offices to be sure that they are allowing for in person visits and/or an appointment is necessary.