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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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The Virginia Department of Health has established a vaccine unit to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination program is changing frequently. This page will serve as a resource for information about the vaccine.


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Virginia is currently in Phases 1a and 1b

1a

  • Healthcare personnel
  • Residents of long-term care facilities

1b

  • Frontline essential workers
  • People age 65+
  • People age 16-64 with a underling medical condition
  • People living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps

1c

  • Other essential workers

#ReignResponsibly

The most important way to protect yourself and others from the virus is to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you. At the same time, it is still important that we #ReignResponsibly and keep doing the things we've already learned in the course of the pandemic:

  • Stay informed (Visit odu.edu/covid19)
  • Follow guidelines (i.e.: From ODU, CDC, VDH, state officials, etc.)
  • Care for self (i.e.: Know symptoms, practice physical distancing, wear face coverings, practice hand hygiene, stay home when sick, wipe down surfaces, seek medical attention as needed, etc.)
  • Care for others (i.e.: Your family and friends, ODU students, faculty and staff and their families. Monarch Nation is everywhere.)


Frequently Asked Questions

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines are an important part of routine healthcare and key to preventing diseases that spread from one person to another.

What is an mRNA vaccine?

The mRNA vaccine is a new type of vaccine to protect against contagious diseases. A COVID-19 mRNA vaccine teaches your body's cells to make a harmless protein that starts an immune response. This response produces antibodies that protect you when you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

What does vaccine effectiveness mean?

The current COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing or reducing the severity of COVID-19. In clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be 95% effective and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was shown to be 94% effective against the virus.

How was the COVID-19 vaccine developed, authorized and manufactured?

Vaccines have saved the lives of thousands of Virginians through the years. Now scientists and researchers have worked to bring us a new vaccine to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Every vaccine, no matter what it's for, goes through multiple steps. For the COVID-19 vaccine, no steps were skipped. The financial part of the process was sped up to help us fight this virus.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine: What are the facts?

Moderna is an American biotechnology company based in Massachusetts that focuses on drug discovery, drug development, and vaccine development. It has created a vaccine for use in the fight against COVID-19.

What type of vaccine is it?

  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. This is a new vaccine developed to combat this particular virus.

How is the vaccine given?

  • The vaccine will be given in 2 doses, 4 weeks apart, and is 94.5% effective after 2 doses.
*Health facts! You can't get COVID-19 from the vaccine. mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with your DNA.

Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine: What are the facts?

Pfizer and BioNTech have collaborated to develop a vaccine for use in the fight against COVID-19. The vaccine will be used initially in the U.S. and Europe and then expand to support global supply.

What type of vaccine is it?

  • This COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine. It is a new vaccine developed to combat this particular virus.
How is the vaccine given?
  • The vaccine will be given in 2 doses, 3 weeks apart and is 95% effective after 2 doses.
*Health facts! You can't get COVID-19 from the vaccine. mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with your DNA.

How will the COVID-19 vaccine's safety be monitored?

After the clinical trials, approvals, and distribution to the public (Phases 1, 2, and 3), health experts will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccine for safety and effectiveness, just as they do for any other vaccine.

What should I do while I wait for my vaccine?

  • Continue to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands.
  • Vaccines will be given to different groups at different times.
  • Learn more about which phase you fall into and where to get your vaccine at vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine.