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Posted on December 13, 2021 at 11:52 AM by Nancy McCormick
Loudoun County is now offering appointments for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds at its Dulles Town Center clinic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of a COVID-19 booster dose for 16- and 17-year-olds after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its COVID-19 booster recommendations to include people in this age group.
Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old and who received their second dose in the two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for the booster. The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for ages 17 and under. While the county has expanded booster vaccinations to include this age group, the number of available appointments for people 12 and over is currently limited due to high demand.
As both the Delta and Omicron variants of the virus continue to spread, health officials say vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19. “Loudoun County, as well as our whole region, is now at the highest level of COVID-19 transmission,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “Getting initial COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters when eligible, along with indoor mask usage and other mitigation steps, will be critical to staying safe during this winter surge.”
In addition to booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds, Loudoun County is offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments for:
How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
To make an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccine at the county’s Dulles Town Center site, visit loudoun.gov/covid19vaccine. Anyone without internet access or who needs assistance making an appointment can call the county information line at 703-737-8300 weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In addition, COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the community from many providers, such as medical offices and pharmacies including, but not limited to, CVS, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart and Wegmans. These locations have the benefit of being able to also provide flu vaccine at the same time, which is recommended by the Health Department. Visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you.
Know When You’re Eligible for a Booster Dose
With the CDC guidance calling for booster doses to be administered at least six months (180 days) after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and two months after the J&J vaccine, it’s important that people know when they completed their initial series so that they can appropriately time a booster.
You can find the date you completed the initial series on your vaccination card. If you received that dose in Virginia and have misplaced the card, you can find the date by searching for your vaccine record online. If you need assistance over the phone, call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). Assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Virginia Department of Health has added a scannable QR code to vaccination records. The technology allows anyone vaccinated in Virginia to show proof of vaccination with a digital or printed QR code instead of a paper card. If you have moved to Loudoun from another state since receiving your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or dose of J&J, you should check with the health department for your previous jurisdiction for your vaccination record.
For additional information about COVID-19 and to sign up for COVID-19 text and email updates from Loudoun County, visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus.
Anyone with questions about COVID-19 vaccine may call the Health Department's information line at 703-737-8300 or send an email to the Health Department.
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