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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Chesterfield Health District (CHD) is a division of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The CHD is comprised of the counties of Chesterfield and Powhatan and the city of Colonial Heights. VDH distributes COVID-19 vaccines to local health districts, such as CHD, which then administer the vaccine to eligible individuals within the health district, according to phases set by VDH. For current vaccination data for Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Health District, as well as overall vaccination data for Greater Richmond region localities, visit the Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit VaccineFinder.org

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June 27, 2022 Update - 10:30 a.m.

Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Christy Gray on the Recommendation of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Children, Adolescents Ages 6 Years Through 17 Years

Virginia parents and guardians of older children and adolescents now have a second choice of a COVID-19 vaccine.

On June 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave its approval to a recommendation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 years through 17 years. That approval came after the CDC’s independent panel of experts, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommended the administration of the vaccine on June 23, following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) granting of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on June 17.

The Moderna vaccine for children aged 6–11 years of age is half the adult dose; for older children and adolescents aged 12–17 years of age, the dose is the same as for adults aged 18 years and older. The vaccines for these age groups are two-dose series administered at least 28 days apart. Previously, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in children and adolescents aged 5–17 years.

Observed side effects mirror those seen in recipients of the Moderna vaccine for persons aged 18 years and older: redness or soreness at the injection site, fever and headache. They were mild to moderate and usually abated within a few days.

The following is a statement from Christy Gray, MPH, Virginia’s state vaccination coordinator and director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Immunization:

“The Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents aged 6–11 years and 12–17 years are available immediately, as existing Moderna products can be used to vaccinate these age groups. VDH is coordinating with the CDC on the distribution of these Moderna vaccines.

“We want to make sure that parents understand these are actually two vaccines: one for children aged 6–11 years that is half the adult dose, and another for older children and adolescents aged 12–17 years that’s the same size as the dose for adults 18 years and older.

“With the approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for these age groups, there are now two choices for parents. Both the Moderna and previously approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are safe and effective, and we urge parents to consult with their pediatrician, family doctor or other healthcare provider to determine which would be more appropriate for your child or teen.”

Those who are unvaccinated and without a booster remain at the highest risk of severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. This population remains VDH’s top priority. Everyone 6 months or older is recommended to be vaccinated. To find free vaccination opportunities near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish and more than 100 other languages.

View the full news release the Virginia Department of Health Newsroom.


June 27, 2022 Update - 10 a.m.

Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Christy Gray on the Recommendations of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months Through 4 Years of Age and 6 Months through 5 Years of Age, Respectively

All Virginians from the age of 6 months and older are eligible now to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), following the unanimous recommendations on June 18 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna pediatric vaccines for the youngest of children.

The CDC’s independent panel of experts, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years. The CDC director gave her final approval to the recommendation later that afternoon.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a three-dose series with the first two doses administered 3 weeks apart and a third dose at least two months after the second dose. The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose series administered 4 weeks apart.

VDH would like to stress to parents that providers can choose which vaccine to offer to their patients. Some providers may choose to offer both vaccines, while others may decide only to offer one. Parents should follow up with their pediatrician or other healthcare provider for specific information about the vaccines they’ll be offering.

Because VDH has been planning for the expansion of vaccine eligibility and availability for several months, families will have many options for where to get their children a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination sites may include:

  • Family practice offices
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Local health departments
  • Pediatric offices
  • Retail pharmacies for children ages 3 years and older

The following is a statement from Christy Gray, MPH, Virginia’s state vaccination coordinator and director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Immunization:

“With the CDC’s endorsement of the recommendation of its independent panel of advisers that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be safely administered to children 4 years of age and younger down to 6 months of age and the Moderna vaccine to children 5 years of age down to 6 months, one of the final fronts in the battle against COVID-19 has opened up.

“We at VDH are pleased to begin offering this vaccine to parents who want to protect their youngest children from severe illness and hospitalization due to this virus. There are a variety of venues open to Virginia parents to vaccinate their children, including community vaccination events set up by local health departments, pharmacies and, of course, pediatrician’s offices. We urge parents to consult with their child’s healthcare provider about vaccination.

“VDH is excited that parents have this opportunity and are empowered to protect their youngest children against this virus.”

Those who are unvaccinated and without a booster remain at the highest risk of severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. This population remains VDH’s top priority. Everyone 6 months or older is recommended to be vaccinated. To find free vaccination opportunities near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish and more than 100 other languages.

View the full news release the Virginia Department of Health Newsroom.