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 (after Primary Series) 

mRNA Vaccines: 

Moderna
2-dose primary series 

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

Yes 3rd dose for 18 and older 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 and older who received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended 5 or more months after their primary series.

(FDA EUA on Jan. 7, 2022  and CDC approval on Jan. 7, 2022)

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

Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
2-dose primary series 

  • Under 5 (no updates) 
Yes 3rd dose for 5 and older at least 28 days after 2nd dose (FDA EUA on Jan. 3, 2022 and CDC approval on Jan. 4, 2022)

Yes for all individuals 12 and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended 5 or more months after their primary series.   

(FDA EUA on Jan. 3, 2022 and CDC approval on Jan. 5, 2022)

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

Anyone unable or unwilling to receive mRNA Vaccine:
Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)

1-dose primary series

Viral vector vaccine

 

  • Under 18 (no updates)   

 

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

 

* As of Dec. 16. 2021, CDC recommends mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) over the Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and older. Anyone unable or unwilling to receive an mRNA vaccine can request Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive as your primary series and as a booster dose. Talk to your healthcare provider for additional guidance.

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.