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"COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is an illness caused by a virus. This virus is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. There are now two authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States. The vaccines are being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA found that the vaccines met the scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support EUAs.

Right now, the supply of the vaccines is limited. So it will take some time for everyone to be able to get vaccinated."

This section of the guide provides information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

What Happens When You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Why Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccination?

"COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends and others around you.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without your having to become sick with COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19. Or, if you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications.

Getting vaccinated also might help protect people around you from COVID-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19."

When and Where can I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As of January 16, 2021, in Virginia, "the vaccine is currently available for the following groups:

  • 1a: Healthcare Workers and Long-Term Care Residents
  • 1b: Frontline Essential Workers, Persons Aged 65 years and Older, People Living in Correctional Facilities, Homeless Shelters and Migrant Labor Camps, and Persons Aged 16-64 years with a High Risk Medical Condition or Disability that Increases Their Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19."

Vaccination – COVID-19 FAQ (

To find out what phase your county or city is currently in, visit:

To find out what phase you are in, visit:

What are the Different COVID-19 Vaccines and How do they Work?

What Can I Expect After I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

"While we do not yet know all of the possible side effects of the vaccine, some of the people in studies have had:

  • arm pain at the injection site
  • fatigue
  • headache or other body aches
  • fever for a few days

These side effects are also experienced after receiving other types of vaccines, such as the flu shot. These side effects do not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Rather, this means that the vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus in the future."

Where can I learn More about the COVID Vaccination?