COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Information for the General Public

Anyone 5 years and older is eligible for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for anyone 5 years and older, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for those 18 years and older.

  • All Virginians are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
  • Vaccines offer the best form of protection against COVID-19.
  • Getting most Virginians vaccinated is the best way to end the pandemic and get back to normal.

Visit the Arlington County Public Health Division COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduling page for specific information and details on how to get your vaccine.

Remember, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is just one part of the effort to reduce the spread of the virus. Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice prevention steps.  

COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized or Approved and Recommended for Use

COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization Summary
Vaccines Ages Approved Ages Not Yet Approved Additional Dose Approved for Moderately/Severely Immunocompromised?

Booster Dose^ Approved for 18+ (after Primary Series)?

^ Individuals may choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive as a booster. Consult a healthcare provider for additional guidance.

Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)
1-dose primary series

Viral vector vaccine

  • Under 18 (no updates)   
No Yes for all individuals 18+ who received a Janssen vaccine, booster shots are recommended 60 or more days (2 or more months) after their primary series. (FDA EUA on Oct. 20, 2021 and CDC approval on Oct. 21, 2021). 

Moderna
2-dose primary series

mRNA vaccine

  • 12-17 (no updates) 
  • 6-11 (no updates) 
  • Under 6 (no updates) 

Yes 3rd dose for 18+ at least 28 days after 2nd dose (FDA EUA on Aug. 12, 2021 and CDC approval on Aug. 13, 2021

Yes for all individuals 18+ who received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended 6 or more months after their primary series.

(FDA EUA on Nov. 19, 2021  and CDC approval on Nov. 29, 2021)

No for all other groups (pending VRBPAC, FDA, ACIP, CDC approvals) 

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
2-dose primary series

mRNA vaccine 

  • Under 5 (no updates) 
Yes 3rd dose for 12+ at least 28 days after 2nd dose (FDA EUA on Aug. 12, 2021 and CDC approval on Aug. 13, 2021)

Yes for all individuals 18+ who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended 6 or more months after their primary series.   

(FDA EUA on Nov. 19, 2021 and CDC approval on Nov. 29, 2021)

No for all other groups (pending VRBPAC, FDA, ACIP, CDC approvals)

* People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them. EUA= Emergency Use Authorization; FDA= Food and Drug Administration; ACIP= Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CDC= Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; VRBPAC= Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.