When will I be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Virginia Department of Health website is a great resource. On this site, you can find out which phase Virginia counties are in, what phase you are eligible for, and view a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. To see updated information, including local distribution phase status and up-to-date vaccination efforts, please visit the Central Shenandoah Health District website.

 How can I get the vaccine?

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is responsible for acquiring and distributing COVID-19 vaccine. The University Health Center (UHC) is not a vaccination site and does not have direct access to the COVID-19 vaccine. JMU is actively working and communicating with the Virginia Department of Health in planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in the Central Shenandoah Health District.

 Once I get the vaccine, how quickly will I be immune?

In order to achieve 95% immunity, the vaccine requires two doses, spread 3-4 weeks apart. Individuals are expected to achieve 95% immunity from the COVID-19 virus 3-4 weeks after their second dose.

 Once I get the vaccine, can I go back to normal life?

While the vaccine appears to be very good, an individual will not know if they fall within the 95% who responded to the vaccine or the 5% who did not. Based upon clinical studies, the vaccine appears to be extremely effective at protecting recipients from contracting COVID-19, but more research is needed to determine whether vaccinated people can spread the virus to others. In the meantime, it is still important for everyone to continue to wear a mask and physical distance until herd immunity can be achieved.

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