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Posted on: January 24, 2021

COVID-19 Central Information

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How to Find COVID-19 Tests

  • Order Free At-Home Tests through CovidTests.gov
    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free test-at-home Rapid Test kits from USPS.com, through a program managed by the Federal government. Orders will ship free starting in late January. Order here.
  • Community Testing Centers
    Make an appointment for a PCR test (if showing symptoms) at the Fairfax Government Center. This program is managed by the Virginia Department of Health. Appointments typically become available 24 hours in advance. If you do not see openings, check back frequently as appointments are added regularly. Make an appointment now.
  • Fairfax Libraries
    Fairfax County libraries get occasional shipments of test-at-home Rapid Test kits and are available while supplies last. City of Falls Church residents are eligible. You can call ahead to check availability; the closest branch to the City is the Tysons-Pimmit library.
  • Your Doctor
    Check with your primary care provider or doctor.
  • Urgent Care Centers
    Places such as urgent care centers, community health centers, and community-based clinics across the state evaluate patients who may have COVID-19 and do testing. Most clinics are set up to swab patients for testing on-site and many offer drive-up and walk-up testing options.
  • No Insurance and Trying to Find Testing and Care for COVID-19?
    • If you do not have a primary doctor, and you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact HealthWorks (703-443-2000) or Neighborhood Health (703-535-5568) to be evaluated and schedule a testing appointment. New patients are accepted with or without insurance and on a sliding scale fee if low-income and uninsured. Priority is given to patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
    • HealthWorks provides COVID-19 testing free for uninsured patients who meet eligibility for the sliding scale fee and do not already have another primary doctor. Patients should call 703-443-2000 to get a telehealth evaluation by a medical provider prior to scheduling a test.
    • Neighborhood Health provides COVID-19 testing free for uninsured patients who meet eligibility for the sliding scale fee. Patients should call 703-535-5568 to get a telehealth evaluation by a medical provider prior to scheduling a test.
    • Inova Cares Clinics for Families provides primary care services for patients with Medicaid or low-income uninsured patients up to 400% Federal Poverty Guideline and offers limited COVID-19 testing.
    • The Fairfax Health District has many low-cost health care resources for individuals who lack health insurance. See Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health Care Options for the Uninsured

      You can also call our Coordinated Services Planning service at 703-222-0880, TTY 711 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to talk with someone about your needs and receive advice on services available to you.

How to Find the Vaccine

  • Fairfax Health Department Clinics (walk-in or appointment)
  • Fairfax School-located Vaccine Clinics for children (open to City of Falls Church residents; students do NOT need to attend the school where a clinic takes place)
  • Make an appointment at a grocery store, pharmacy, etc. through vaccines.gov or vacunas.gov
  • Check with your primary care provider or doctor
  • NOTE: The dose for children ages 5 to 11 is a smaller amount than the dose for ages 12 through adult. Make sure you schedule an appointment for the child Pfizer dose.
  • If you speak English as a second language, need an ASL interpreter by video, or have technical needs: Call Virginia Department of Health at (877) 829-4682 (TTY 711)
  • ¿Necesitas vacunarte? Entérate cómo conseguir tu vacuna en Vaccinate.Virginia.gov o llamando al 1-877-829-4682 de 8am a 8pm. Traducción disponible en tu idioma. Usuarios de TTY pueden marcar al 7-1-1.

Who Can Get a Booster?

Read more from the Centers for Disease Control here.

If you received the Pfizer Vaccine...

  • Who Can Get the Booster: Everyone 12 years and older
  • When to Get the Booster: At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • Which Booster Can You Get: Pfizer or Moderna; teens ages 12 to 17 years may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster

 If you received the Moderna Vaccine...

  • Who Can Get the Booster: Adults 18 years and older
  • When to Get the Booster: At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series
  • Which Booster Can You Get: Pfizer or Moderna

 If you received the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine...

  • Who Can Get the Booster: Adults 18 years and older
  • When to Get the Booster: At least 2 months after receiving your Johnson & Johnson vaccination
  • Which Booster Can You Get: Pfizer or Moderna

 Please note that although Pfizer and Moderna are preferred boosters, Johnson & Johnson may be considered in some situations

Information and Data

City Government Programs and Services

  • Mask and Admittance Policy for City Facilities
    • As of August 2021, masks and social distancing are required for everyone in City facilities, including City Hall, the Community Center, and the Library (once it reopens).
    • Do not enter the building if you have recently been in contact with someone who has COVID-19; if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days; or if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • City Hall
  • UPDATE ON DEC. 21: Mary Riley Styles Public Library
    • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Due to concerns about the recent increase in COVID-19 transmissions in the area, all in-person library programs and use of library conference rooms are suspended until mid-January 2022. Group study rooms may still be reserved, but are limited to groups of three or less. All visitors age two and over, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask in the library and all other City of Falls Church government buildings.

  • Community Center
    • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Farmers Market
  • Parks and Recreational Facilities

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