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COVID-19 vaccine: How do I get it?

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This page was completely updated and reviewed October 28, 2021. It was updated November 3, 2021, to address the vaccination of children as young as age 5. 


Vaccination is still the No. 1 way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19. If you haven't yet gotten the vaccine, here are the answers to some common questions you may have.

How old do you have to be to get the vaccine? 

Anyone age 5 and up is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For information on pediatric vaccinations, please see Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.   

How can I get an appointment for the vaccine? 

To learn how VCU Health is distributing the vaccine, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine page. You can also find a vaccination location near you by visiting the Virginia Department of Health vaccine finder.  

How much will the vaccine cost?

Vaccination is free. You will not have any out-of-pocket costs.

Where can I get the vaccine?

You can get the vaccine at many urgent care centers, outpatient clinics and local pharmacies. Information on vaccination at VCU Health is available through our COVID-19 vaccine page

How long will the vaccine work? 

New data show vaccine effectiveness decreases over time. There are concerns that six months after completing their vaccination, you could be at higher risk for infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved booster shots for all three of the vaccines available in the United States -- Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and has outlined who qualifies for a booster shot at present. 

If I’ve had COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

Yes. You can get COVID-19 multiple times. The vaccine will help prevent severe symptoms and death.

How can children get the vaccine? 

For the latest information on pediatric vaccination, please visit Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

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