COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

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Are we mandated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
No, there is no mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the City or EMS Department.
Will COVID-19 vaccinations cost me anything?
No, COVID-19 vaccinations are paid for by the taxpayer for all residents. Career employees receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not be compensated for their time unless they are on a scheduled shift at time of vaccination and receive permission from their supervisor to attend the clinic with a scheduled appointment.
How long will it take to receive my vaccination?
Since these vaccinations are appointment based you should plan for 30 – 60 minutes in addition to your travel time. This includes a required 15 minute (or 30 minute) post vaccination hold and health check.
Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

Yes. At this time, you will be able to choose which vaccine you receive based on availability at the specific vaccination location. It is recommended that you complete the series with the same vaccine but it is not required.

If I choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now, can I receive it at a later date?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to the general public. Find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you.
Can I receive the flu shot and COVID shot together?

Yes, though they should be administered in separate sites (arms).  Individual medical situations may require physician input.

I am pregnant. Can I be vaccinated for COVID-19?
The ACOG recommended the week of December 14 that they see no reason to withhold COVID-19 vaccinations from pregnant or lactating women.
Will I receive a reminder to receive my second dose?
Yes, you should receive an email from VAMS/CDC within 24 hours of receiving your first dose to schedule your second dose. You can log into your VAMS portal 24 hours after receiving your first does and schedule your second dose even if you do not receive this email. You vaccine card indicates the date you should schedule for.
The reminder email from VAMS/CDC for my second dose has a different date from my vaccine card and instructions.
Follow the date you were provided on your vaccination card and instructions. The date VAMS is providing is the earliest possible date, not our prescribed date.
Where do I go to receive my second dose?
All clinics have been moved to our mass vaccination site at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. You should receive an email reminding you of your appointment and directions to the VBCC. Even if this email indicates to go to EMS Station 8, come to the VBCC.
How are adverse reactions reported, and what do I do if I have an adverse reaction after I receive the vaccine?
Visit the V-Safe Vaccination Health Checker to report any adverse reaction. Parents and guardians can now enroll adolescents (ages 12 and older) in V-Safe and complete health check-ins on their behalf after COVID-19 vaccination.

You will be monitored for 15-30 minutes after each dose. Report any immediate adverse reactions to healthcare workers on site. If an adverse reaction occurs at home, please call your doctor. If you are experiencing any trouble breathing or feel you cannot wait to see your doctor, visit your nearest emergency room or dial 911.

I have already had and recovered from a COVID-19 infection, do I need to receive a vaccination for COVID-19.
The CDC recommends that persons that have recovered from a COVID-19 infection receive the COVID-19 vaccinations approximately 90 days after recovery to ensure adequate future immune response.
How long will the protection with the vaccine last?
The hope of the scientific community is that it would be a year. The expectation is that it will be shorter. The reality is that we don’t know at this time as the vaccines have only been in phase III trials since this summer. More time and research is required to observe and each vaccine candidate may and most like will have differing protection profiles and duration of protection.
Will I still need to wear a mask after being vaccinated?
Yes, you must still follow all executive orders, protocols and infection control measures. The vaccine has been shown to be highly effective in preventing symptoms of disease but it is still unknown whether it prevents acquisition of the virus or transmission of the virus.
Can I receive the vaccine if I am sick?

If you currently have COVID, no.  It is recommended that you can delay vaccinations and boosters for 90 days after recovery from COVID to extend your coverage.  While you should stay home if you are not well with other illnesses, there may be reasons why you should proceed with your vaccination.  Please consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Can I receive the vaccine if I have been advised to quarantine or isolate?
NO – that is contrary to isolation and/or quarantine. We expect that you will want to keep our vaccinators (your coworkers and neighbors are staffing these clinics) safe. Get well, schedule another appointment and then come see us.
Is there anything else I should know?
Everything is subject to change.

*Acronyms
ACIP – Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
EUA – Emergency Use Authorization
CDC – Center for Disease Control
HCP – Helath Care Provider (includes EMS providers)
VAMS – Vaccine Administration Management System

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