Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination Information for FCPS Staff

By Office of Communication and Community Outreach
January 25, 2021

Message from Inova:  COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Monday, January 25, 2021

Due to vaccine supply limitations, first dose appointments for FCPS employees, and others in 1b, are cancelled as of January 26, 2021 for the foreseeable future. Inova will reach out to everyone who has registered when more information is available to reschedule a vaccine.

Those who have already received a first dose from Inova and are scheduled for a second dose appointment, will be prioritized at this time and their appointments will be honored.

Vaccinating everyone in the Northern Virginia community, as quickly as possible, is Inova’s top priority right now. Last week, in response to a national shortage of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Virginia Department of Health made a modification to its vaccine distribution methods and announced that going forward, vaccines will be sent directly to health districts to be allocated appropriately. As a result, Inova’s allocation of vaccine has been severely diminished, causing us to make the difficult decision to prioritize the available doses. Rest assured, Inova is working to re-schedule first dose appointments as soon as possible.  

We understand and share the frustration that this news brings to our patients. When we receive more supply inventory, we will first prioritize patients who had an appointment scheduled and then focus on opening further appointments up to eligible groups. If you are a patient whose appointment is cancelled, rest assured we are working diligently to identify new supply and will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as we are confident we have a vaccine for you. 

In the last month, Inova quickly established operations and delivered shots to as many eligible patients as possible. We have administered more than 70,000 vaccines and look forward to resuming this pace as soon as vaccine supply improves.  

Inova.org will continue to provide updates and is the best source for the most up-to-date information on Inova’s vaccine distribution. For more information on Virginia’s vaccine distribution program, visit vdh.virginia.gov.  

All Inova hospitals and care sites remain open and are serving patients.

 

Vaccine Information for FCPS Staff

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have provided guidance for vaccine distribution. Groups will get the vaccine first based on their higher risks for COVID-19. The first vaccines are going to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The next priority group, Phase 1b, includes school employees. 

While the vaccine will help keep you from getting sick from COVID-19, scientists are not yet sure if a person who has been vaccinated can still give the virus to other people. That means it is important for everyone to get vaccinated and to continue wearing masks and following physical distancing recommendations.

Safety

The vaccines were tested in large studies to include tens of thousands of people to make sure they met safety standards and protect people of different ages, races, and ethnicities. The study results showed that the vaccines’ benefits outweighed possible risks and provide protection from COVID-19. Complete information on the vaccine is available.  

Return to School

We are extremely excited about the availability of the vaccine.  We know that there continues to be a need to implement the five (5) key mitigation strategies with fidelity to foster a safe environment as herd immunity will not be obtained until the majority of the larger community, beyond FCPS, has received the vaccine. We also understand that while educators in Group 1B of the state vaccination plan can access the vaccine, some educators, including those in FCPS, may not wish to access the vaccine at this time. Many of our students (those under 16) are not able to take the vaccines currently available. As a result, support for in-person activities is not directly coupled with the vaccine. The next Return to School meeting is scheduled for February 2. 

FCPS will not release records of staff vaccinations.  FCPS is encouraging employees to receive the vaccination. 

Leave of Absence 

  • Leaves of Absence(LOA) -When a request to return early from an approved LOA is submitted, principals/program managers will work with Human Resources to determine if your request can be accommodated.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

  • For employees with an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation who choose to receive the vaccine and plan to return to the physical work site, please contact EERADA@fcps.edu.

Cost

The vaccine will be offered to all at no cost. You will not have any out-of-pocket costs.

Eligibility 

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to ALL FCPS employees as a part of the 1b group of other essential workers.  FCPS employees will need to bring their FCPS photo ID badge and a copy of a recent pay advice notice.  Employees who don't have access to their FCPS ID badge can bring a government issued photo ID (driver's license) and a copy of a recent pay advice notice.  Unpaid staff (student teachers and certain Fairfax City Schools employees) will receive a verification letter through their work email account from FCPS Department of Human Resources.   The vaccines are being offered to all FCPS employees, regardless of your place of residence.

Employees are not required to receive the vaccine.

What to Expect When It's Your Turn to Get Vaccinated

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine began rolling out in Fairfax County. Find out what to expect when it's your turn.

After Your Vaccine

You will be monitored for 15 minutes and can resume normal daily activities including driving.  During this time period, the second shot of the vaccine will  be scheduled.  While the vaccine will help keep you from getting sick from COVID-19, scientists are not yet sure if a person who has been vaccinated can still give the virus to other people. That means it is important for everyone to get vaccinated and to continue wearing masks and following physical distancing recommendations.

When you get vaccinated for COVID-19, you will be provided a card that contains the name of the vaccine manufacturer, the vaccine lot number, the date and the location of where you were immunized.

Remember to sign up for v-safe, where you can use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders from v-safe about if you need a second vaccine dose.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. Please reference information found on the Virginia Department of Health's website.

Who to Call

For general vaccine information,  contact the Fairfax County Health Department call center at 703-267-3511.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers

The Fairfax County Health Department has the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

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