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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Vaccine Registration & Appointment Information

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Vaccine Appointments

  • Who Can Register for the Vaccine Now?
  • How Those Groups Can Register
    • If you are police, fire, hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers, or childcare/K-12 teachers/staff, check with your employer about getting the vaccine.
    • The other groups:
      • Register for an appointment online and a health department representative will call or email to schedule the appointment.
      • If you do not have access to the internet or speak English as a second language, you can register for your appointment by calling the Health Department’s vaccine hotline at 703-324-7404 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please note there is a very high call volume, and the online registration is preferred.
      • NOTE: Do not register through the new statewide registration system. Fairfax Health is not participating in that system.
  • How to Check Registration Status
    As COVID-19 vaccinations continue in our community, the Fairfax Health Department -- which is the City's health department -- has launched a series of new technology solutions to help residents further understand vaccine status in the Fairfax Health District. The new tools include:

    • Vaccine and Registration Data Dashboard
      • Current registration date now being scheduled for vaccines administered by the Health Department.
      • Number of people remaining on waitlist and total number registered.
      • Weekly vaccine doses received from the Virginia Department of Health and number vaccinated by Fairfax County.
      • Total number of doses received from the Virginia Department of Health since distribution began.
      • Total number of doses administered (first and second doses) by Fairfax County.
    • Vaccine Registration Status Checker
      • NOTE FROM FAIRFAX HEALTH: Jan. 18 was the busiest registration day with more than 42,000 people signing up that day. That was when individuals age 65+ and age 16-64 with certain medical conditions were eligible to register. For perspective, the next two busiest registration days were Jan. 11 (almost 11,000) and Jan. 19 (more than 8,000).

        Based on Fairfax Health's limited vaccine supply, they expect it will take several weeks to schedule appointments for everyone who registered that day.

        Also, not all of Fairfax Health's weekly allotment from VDH goes directly towards people on that waitlist. Approximately 50% of it is other 1b priority groups in accordance with VDH guidelines.

        To help expedite the process, Fairfax Health distributes some vaccine regularly to community partners (such as Inova, Trusted Doctors and George Mason University) to help vaccinate people on our waitlist. In addition, these partners are completing vaccination for individuals requiring second doses.

        Fairfax Health understands it may appear as if progress isn’t being made when the date they are scheduling appointments for doesn’t change after quite some time, but please be assured they are. However, it will take some time given the limited supply and allocation process, Fairfax Health continues to ask for your patience. Please rest assured that you will get an appointment if you are on Fairfax Health's list.
    • Weekly emails to those on the waitlist
      • The Health Department sends weekly updates to everyone on the waitlist to confirm they are still in the queue and to provide links to the tools above to find additional information.
  • About the Vaccine at Retail Pharmacies
    Giant Pharmacy, MyDr.’s Pharmacy join Inova, George Mason University, Trusted Doctors to Vaccinate People Registered with Fairfax County Health Department. Giant Pharmacy locations in Fairfax Health District will use federal vaccine supply for individuals who registered with Health Department. CVS and Safeway Pharmacy offer vaccine to individuals 65+ in some local stores via federal program. Read more here.

  • Insurance Information
    The COVID-19 vaccine is free however, your vaccine provider may charge insurance an administration fee. Concerned individuals should contact the vaccine provider with questions about administration fees. Again, vaccination is at no cost to you and involves zero out-of-pocket fees.

  • More Vaccine General Information

After You Get the Vaccine

Thank you for getting the vaccine and doing your part to move the community toward herd immunity! Please understand that you do not have complete immunity for COVID-19. It is important that you continue to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet from those not in your household -- even when wearing a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home whenever possible

There are several reasons why continuing these safe practices are important:

  • The vaccine does not provide 100% protection. The best vaccines currently available offer 95% protection, meaning there is still a 5% chance of catching the virus. Since the virus affects each person differently, and the worst cases are very severe, it is best to continue wearing masks, staying socially distant, washing hands, and staying home.
  • The COVID-19 variants continue to change. Scientists and health officials are working hard to evaluate if the current vaccines are effective for the known variants. Until those studies are complete, keep yourself safe.
  • You could be a silent spreader. Experts don't yet know if being vaccinated means you cannot spread the virus. It's possible that a vaccinated person could be an symptomatic carrier. Until we know more, stay safe.
  • We don't know how long the vaccines are effective. It's unknown if a booster shot will be needed or if the one- or two-dose vaccines will be enough. Until we know more, stay safe.

The Symptoms of COVID-19

There are six newly reported symptoms that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say could be signs of COVID-19: 

  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Any of these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 patients can experience a diversity of issues – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives. 

Health Care Options for the Uninsured

Via Fairfax Health Department (the City’s health department), here are resources for the uninsured: follow this link.

Three Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics Open

Inova Urgent Care locations at Dulles South, North Arlington and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms.

Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, contact your regular physician for evaluation. For assistance with recommendations, to arrange for a physician appointment, or if you do not have a primary care physician, call 1-855-IMG-DOCS. Your regular physician can evaluate your symptoms to determine if testing is indicated based on COVID-19 testing criteria and provide a testing order, or refer you to the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic for evaluation.

The three clinics will also be able to collect COVID-19 vehicle-side samples that have been ordered by physicians. Upon arrival at the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, a clinician will greet the patient at their vehicle to escort the patient into the respiratory clinic for evaluation or to collect samples for a physician-ordered test.

For patients who undergo COVID-19 testing, a UCC nurse will contact those whose results are negative. For patients with positive results, a nurse will coordinate with the patient’s regular physician for notification and further instructions. Patients who are tested can expect results in roughly 4-7 days.

These clinics will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Addresses and contact information for the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics are:

Inova Urgent Care – Dulles South
24801 Pinebrook Rd. #110
Chantilly, VA 20152

Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington
4600 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22207

Inova Urgent Care – Tysons
8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

How to Stay Healthy

  • Mental Health Resources
    These services are based in Fairfax County but available to all City of Falls Church residents: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources Website via Fairfax County

  • Practice social and physical distancing.
    • Keep a 6 foot distance from others. If you must go into public, make sure you maintain this distance.
    • If you must go into public, it is a good idea to bring with you disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
    • No longer shake hands, hug, or otherwise make physical contact with others.
    • No more parties, gatherings, playdates, visits, or letting others visit you in your home.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Keep away from others who are sick
  • Practice good hygiene.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How to Care for a Loved One with COVID-19

(Source: CDC

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19. 

If you are caring for someone at home, monitor for emergency signs, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms, and carefully consider when to end home isolation.

*Note: Older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek care as soon as symptoms start.

Monitor for Worsening Symptoms

  • Know the emergency warning signs.
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Have their healthcare provider’s contact information on hand.
  • If they are getting sicker, call their healthcare provider. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that they have or are suspected to have COVID-19.

Prevent the Spread of Germs when Caring for Someone Who is Sick

  • Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible. 
    • If possible, have them use a separate bathroom.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding
    • If facemasks are available, have them wear a facemask when they are around people, including you.
    • It the sick person can’t wear a facemask, you should wear one while in the same room with them, if facemasks are available.
    • If the sick person needs to be around others (within the home, in a vehicle, or doctor’s office), they should wear a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs 
    • Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly. 
    • If laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.
  • For any additional questions about their care, contact their healthcare provider or state or local health department.

Provide Symptom Treatment

  • Make sure the sick person drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
  • Over-the-counter medicines may help with symptoms.
  • For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.

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