Open Accessibility Menu

COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

Pfizer Third Dose (Booster) Information

Who Can Receive a Booster?

The CDC recommends that the following groups can receive a booster shot of the Pfizer* vaccine at least 6 months after receiving their first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Those that currently qualify include:

  • People aged 65 years and older should receive a booster shot
  • Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settingsshould receive a booster shot
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot
  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot
  • People aged 18-64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot

*These recommendations only apply to people who previously received their first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission*:

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers


How can I volunteer my time to assist in the vaccination process?

We are currently accepting volunteers for our Apple Blossom Mall clinic. Please visit to learn how you can become a volunteer.

Vaccine Information

How can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Walk in or book an appointment at our Apple Blossom Mall clinic beginning May 12 for COVID-19 vaccines (first and second doses). Please plan to arrive 1 hour prior to closing.

In Valley Health’s southern region – Warren, Shenandoah and Page counties – vaccine administration has transitioned to eight primary care provider offices. The vaccine (first and second doses) are offered at no charge existing patients. These offices are accepting new patients. To become a new patient and schedule an appointment, please contact an office individually.

Please visit for more information.

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Pfizer vaccines are available to those 12 and up. Minors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have parental/guardian consent through online appointment sign-up (PrepMod). Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to anyone 18 and up.

What if I don’t have internet access?

Those without internet should call 1-877-Vax-In-VA (877-829-4682) for assistance.

Which vaccine will I be receiving?

The vaccine being administered will depend on the available supply. To see the vaccine type that will be available by day, please use the appointment scheduling tool listed on

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

Health experts, including the Virginia Department of Health, encourage people to get the first vaccine available to them.

If I live in WV or MD but work in Virginia, can I get a vaccine through Valley Health?

Yes, our intent is to keep Virginia open. It is reasonable that if you work in a Virginia school or are an essential worker in the state, we will vaccinate you.

I am a West Virginia resident and want to receive the vaccine locally. Where can I receive the vaccine?

IMPORTANT: West Virginia vaccinations are being coordinated by local health departments. Learn more:

What would exclude me from getting the vaccine?

You may not be able to get the vaccine if you:

  • Are currently having COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have had a severe allergic reaction that required medical intervention
  • Allergic to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine

Preparing for Your Vaccination: Will I need to bring anything with me to the vaccination site?

Yes. Please note the following before arrival:

  • Wear short sleeves or a shirt that provides easy access to your upper arm
  • Be prepared for the vaccine process (including registration) to take about an hour

What side effects can I expect?

A complete list of safety, efficacy, and side-effect information can be found at:

What if I experience immediate side effects and need emergency care?

While allergic reactions and severe side effects are very rare, EMS officials and/or rapid response teams consisting of trained healthcare providers will be on-site in case of a medical emergency at the vaccine distribution sites.

Who will be administering the vaccine?

Licensed clinical professionals will be administering vaccines and working as health observers.

How long will the vaccination process take?

We know your time is important to you and want to minimize wait times as much as possible.
Please prepare to be at the vaccination site for about an hour. All individuals who receive the
vaccine will need to wait at the site for 15 minutes for observation by medical personnel.

Do I have to have insurance in order to get the vaccine?

No, you do not need insurance and the vaccine is free.

Second Dose Information

How can I learn more about second doses?

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require a second dose. For more information on second doses, please visit:

Vaccine Availability, Distribution and Storage

How does Valley Health get vaccines?

Valley Health receives vaccines from the State of Virginia. The vaccines are purchased from Moderna and Pfizer and then distributed to the health districts. Thus far, the Lord Fairfax Health District has distributed a portion of vaccine to Valley Health to assist in community distribution.

What can I do to help my community get more vaccine?

You can write to your state and federal legislators and tell them about our successful community collaborative, and encourage them to send more vaccine to the Lord Fairfax Health District. Our success is only limited by the current supply of vaccine.


Are the vaccination locations large enough to accommodate necessary social distancing?

Yes, the spaces selected offer sufficient space for appropriate social distancing. Staff will also be on hand to ensure proper social distancing is maintained.

What Apple Blossom Mall entrance should I use?

The site, located within a store between Victoria’s Secret and LensCrafters, will be open Wednesday and Saturday, 12 (noon) - 7pm. The most convenient entrance is near H&R Block or LensCrafters. Visit to learn more.


Will there be signs that tell me where to go?

Yes, signs will be posted in several locations throughout the mall.

Where can I find more answers to frequently asked questions?

For answers to more frequently asked questions, please visit:

For more information, visit