Ask Me Why - Teen Vaccine

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
May 27, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people ages 12 and up. This means just about every middle and high school student in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) may now be vaccinated.

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because this is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Ask Me Why 

In a new campaign, "Ask Me Why," teens at Westfield and Justice high schools are featured below in photos and videos. They share why they got vaccinated or wanted to be vaccinated. (Note: In some photos, masks were briefly removed, but safety measures were in place.)

Join our campaign to encourage fellow students to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Use #FCPSaskmewhy or #FCPSvaccinewhy on social media. Each week we will randomly select submissions to share here.

Photos from Westfield High School

Photos from Justice High School

Videos from Justice High School

Scheduling an Appointment

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available. Many pediatricians and family doctors’ offices have vaccine, and you may choose to take your child to their regular medical home for the vaccine.  In addition, there are many opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine in Fairfax, including other private health care providers, Urgent Care facilities, pharmacies, Inova, and FCHD. Many locations offer same-day appointments, and some even have walk in availability. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine  or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to www.inova.org/COVID19/vaccine-scheduling.
  • Locations for other vaccine providers in the community, including local pharmacies, can be found at www.vaccines.gov. Be sure to search for Pfizer vaccine which is the only vaccine currently for use on children 12 – 17 years.  You can also text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for information in English or VACUNA (822862) for information in Spanish.

The Health Department is working with Fairfax County Public Schools on strategies to ensure equity in access to vaccination for under-resourced students who may find it difficult to schedule an appointment or attend one of the other options available in the community. Information on these sites will be provided later this month.

If you have questions, talk to your child’s healthcare provider or call the Health Department’s COVID-19 information line at 703-267-3511.

Message from FCPS and Fairfax County Health Department

May 13, 2021 message about approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

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