For the latest COVID-19 information, visit vcuhealth.org/covid-19 or Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for pediatrics. For vaccine details, visit vcuhealth.org/covidvaccine.


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COVID-19 vaccine: How do I get it?


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Updated May 20, 2021, to reflect the eligibility of children age 12 and up for the Pfizer vaccine. Updated May 3, 2021. In keeping with the recent decision by the CDC and FDA, VCU Health has lifted the temporary pause it placed on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We are now administering all three vaccines -- Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. This content is accurate as of the update date. For the most up-to-date information on this topic, please visit the VCU Health COVID-19 vaccine page.


Now that Virginia has entered Phase 2 of vaccine eligibility, you may be wondering how to schedule your vaccination. Here we answer common questions about how the general public can receive the vaccine.

Can the general public get the vaccine now?

In Virginia, anyone age 12 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 register for the vaccine? 

To learn how VCU Health is distributing the vaccine, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine page. You can also register for the vaccine by visiting the Virginia Department of Health "Vaccinate Virginia" page. 

How much will the vaccine cost?

The vaccine will be offered to everyone for free. Any fees will be covered either by insurance companies or by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Provider Relief Fund. You will not have any out-of-pocket costs.

Where will I get the vaccine?

The Virginia Department of Health is currently enrolling a variety of providers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. These include hospitals, local health departments, urgent care centers, outpatient centers, pharmacies and large public event sites. Information on vaccination at VCU Health is available through our COVID-19 vaccine page. You may also sign up for vaccine email updates.

How long will the vaccine work? 

This is not clear yet. The response to vaccination is quite robust, at least initially. It’s possible that over time more doses will be needed to provide continued protection, similar to the flu vaccine. We just don’t know yet.

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

We recommend you get the vaccine. At this point we don’t know if and for how long protection lasts after infection.

When can children get the vaccine? 

For the latest information on whether children can get the vaccine, please visit Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

For a variety of news and information on COVID-19, and how VCU Health is keeping patients safe, please visit our COVID-19 News Center

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