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Vaccine Registration

COVID Vaccine Registration

Register for the vaccine at vaccinate.virginia.gov.

IMPORTANT UPDATE from The Free Lance-Star:

More information can be found on fredericksburg.com.

WHO’S BEING VACCINATED NOW: Any healthcare workers who haven’t gotten their shots and those in Tier 1b, which includes ages 65 and up; people 16 to 64 with underlying health issues; certain essential workers and those in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps.

ORDER OF TIER 1b: The local health district is focusing on the first three groups then will expand to others:

  1. Police, fire and hazmat
  2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  3. Childcare and K–12 teachers/staff
  4. Food and agriculture
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Grocery store workers
  7. Public transit workers
  8. Mail carriers, USPS and private

WHEN: Through spring

WHERE: Clinics are being held in each locality, at area pharmacies, and Mary Washington Healthcare. All slots are by appointments only; no walk-ins are accepted. When people are contacted about appointments, they will be told the location.

HOW TO REGISTER: The Virginia Department of Health maintains a statewide, centralized registration system at vaccinate.virginia.gov.

All new registrations are done through the state site or by calling 877.829.4682. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those who have already registered for the vaccine do not need to register again.

HELP BY PHONE: VDH: 877.829.4682 (877-VAX-IN VA)

Rappahannock Area Health District call center: 540.899.4797

Healthy Generations Agency on Aging for older residents: 540.371.3.375

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church “Vaccine Buddy Project” to help older residents register: 540.870.1985 or getmyshot@outlook.com

King George County helpline for its residents: 540.775.8977 or COVID19@co.kinggeorge.state.va.us.

Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District call center: 540.308.6072

Northern Neck COVID-19 hotline: 888.204.5357

CVS HEALTH: The pharmacy is scheduling appointments for those age 65 and up at select stores. No walk-ins accepted. Register through the CVS Pharmacy app or at its website, cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine and click on “Check COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.” People without online access can contact CVS customer service at 800.746.7287.

REGISTRATION TIPS

  1. Register only once.
  2. Fill out all the fields and double-check the email address to make sure it’s complete.
  3. Check emails and the spam folder regularly, and make sure emails aren’t blocked.

Read more on fredericksburg.com.


MWHC Vaccine Hotline: 540.741.2625. Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are vaccinating Phase 1a and 1b, which includes healthcare workers, residents over the age of 65, frontline essential workers, and those ages 16–64 with high-risk medical conditions, as defined by the CDC.

We do not accept walk-ins to the vaccine clinic. If you have already scheduled an appointment with the RAHD, you do not need to schedule an appointment with MWHC.

Learn more about the vaccine here.

You cannot get vaccinated if you have had COVID in the last 14 days.

For Phase 1a healthcare workers and Phase 1b essential workers, you must provide proof of employment and a valid ID. Proof of employment can include work badge, W-2, letter from your employer, or a pay stub.

Frontline essential workers include first responders (firefighters, police), education (teachers, support staff, daycare), food & agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, U.S. Postal service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.

High-risk medical conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Please note that the answers to these questions are not intended to replace medical advice from your primary care physician. Please speak with your doctor if you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please wear a loose-fitting shirt for your appointment. It will help our doctors and nurses to be as efficient as possible when administering your vaccine.


Which counties are included? Are we vaccinating people outside of the RAHD?

We are currently vaccinating residents of the Rappahannock Area Health District, which includes the City of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. If you live in another county such as Orange or Westmoreland, your local health district can help you find a vaccine clinic near you. Visit the VDH page to find your local health district.


Where is the Fick Center?

The John F. Fick III Conference Center is located on the campus of Mary Washington Hospital, at 1301 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, 22401.


What proof do I need that I have a medical condition?

After careful consideration and conferring with colleagues around the state, we have decided to waive the requirement of a doctor’s note for anyone in the “16-64-year-olds with high-risk medical conditions” category. Therefore, please plan to attend your scheduled appointment without the added burden of receiving a doctor’s note if you are within this category.

  • Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased
    risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure,
      coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
      from solid organ transplant
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or
      higher but < 40 kg/m2)
    • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

    • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
    • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Hypertension or high blood pressure
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from
      blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids,
      or use of other immune weakening medicines
    • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
    • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
    • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
    • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Will there be enough vaccine for me to get my second dose? How do I schedule that appointment?

Yes, there will be enough vaccine for your second dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled as soon as you get your first dose. Remember, you are not considered vaccinated unless you receive the booster 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) after the initial vaccine.


Which vaccine will I get?

We are administering both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which are provided in two doses. Due to the special handling that each vaccine requires, we only offer one at a time to prevent spoilage. You will be notified when you arrive for your appointment which vaccine you are receiving. You can download the fact sheet for each vaccine here: Pfizer. Moderna.


What about adverse reactions? Will there be medical professionals there to help if I have a reaction?

The incidence of adverse reactions is very low. Only 11 individuals out of millions of doses have experienced an adverse reaction. However, we have medical personnel onsite who are able to care for you should you experience a medical emergency. The MWH emergency department is on the same campus should anyone require additional care.


Do I need medical insurance to get the vaccine?

No you do not. The vaccine is free for everyone.


Can I get the vaccine if I've had COVID?

If you have had a COVID-positive diagnosis, you must wait 14 days before getting vaccinated.

Individuals who have received the monoclonal antibody treatment need to wait 90 days before receiving the vaccine.


Can I get the vaccine if I've had another vaccine recently, like flu or shingles?

The CDC recommends waiting 14 days after receiving another vaccine to get the COVID vaccine. Similarly, if you receive the COVID vaccine, you should wait 14 days after your second dose before receiving a different vaccine.


Will there be accommodations for elderly or those with limited mobility, such as seating or wheelchairs? Can I bring a support person in with me to push the wheelchair?

Yes, we have wheelchairs at the Fick Center for those who need assistance walking. We also have chairs for anyone waiting for their appointment. You are not called into the clinic until there is a spot available for you.


Do I need an appointment, or can I just walk up and get the vaccine?

You need to have an appointment. We do not take walk-ins to the clinic. When appointments are avaliable, there will be a button at the bottom of this page for you to schedule your appointment.


Should I take anything before my vaccine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen after you receive the vaccine may help to minimize symptoms associated with the vaccine. We do not recommend taking these before your vaccine appointment. Please check with your physician to be sure you can take these medications in combination with any other medication you may be taking.


How are you keeping people safe at a crowded vaccine clinic?

We have social distancing stickers on the floor, each station is socially distanced from the others, and everyone in the facility must be masked.

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