How many people in Virginia have been vaccinated so far?
The Virginia Department of Health’s website has information on how many Virginians have received a vaccine.
I haven’t gotten vaccinated yet — do I still need an appointment?
No. Most vaccination sites are accepting walk-ups. Virginians can enter their address to find the nearest location offering shots here.
That includes clinics run by health districts and health-district partnerships with hospitals, Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded community vaccination centers — such as ones in Tysons Corner and Prince William County — and pharmacies.
Are there any pandemic restrictions in Virginia?
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) lifted all of the state’s limits on business capacity, masking requirements and social distancing restrictions on May 28. However, on Aug. 12 he imposed a masking mandate for all students, teachers and staff in K-12 schools in the state, following updated guidance.
Is the state offering incentives for people to get the vaccine?
Are there any vaccination mandates in Virginia?
Northam announced that some state employees will be required to show proof of full vaccination or get tested regularly for the coronavirus beginning Sept. 1. The mandate applies to about 122,000 workers, including employees of state agencies and departments, most faculty and staff members at state universities, and workers at state-run behavioral health hospitals.
It will not apply to the legislature or courts, or to K-12 teachers and staffers across the state, because they are employed by localities, but Northam called on those entities as well as private businesses to also impose vaccination requirements.
Some localities are opting for their own vaccination mandates. Arlington County announced county and school employees must get vaccinated or undergo regular coronavirus testing beginning Aug. 30. Fairfax County schools also announced a similar mandate that will go into effect in October. Alexandria schools have adopted a vaccine-or-testing mandate, although it was unclear when that was scheduled to begin.
Will I need a booster shot — and if so, how can I get one?
The Biden administration will begin offering coronavirus booster shots the week of Sept. 20 after concluding that a third shot is needed to fight off waning immunity.
Officials said the decision was driven by data showing a decline over time in the vaccines’ ability to protect against less-serious disease; evidence that boosters work and that more protection may be needed against the dominant delta variant; and a desire to stave off any potential decrease in the shots’ effectiveness against severe illness.
The officials said the plan would only be implemented if the Food and Drug Administration approved boosters and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers recommended them.
The federal government will also direct all nursing homes to require vaccination for staffers or face loss of Medicare and Medicaid funds — an escalation by the Biden administration as it tries to get more Americans vaccinated amid the delta variant surge.
People who are immunocompromised — such as those undergoing cancer treatment or those who have received organ transplants — are able to get third doses 28 days after their second dose.
Read about the latest scientific updates from The Washington Post’s health section.
Who can go maskless?
There is no mask mandate in Virginia. However, the CDC now recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high coronavirus transmission. The vast majority of Virginia is in one of these two categories.
Who still has to wear a mask?
Businesses can require mask-wearing by customers and employees. Northam issued a mask mandate for students, teachers and staff in K-12 schools, vaccinated or not, in accordance with updated CDC guidance. Stopping short of mandating masks himself, Northam noted that a provision in a bill passed this year by the General Assembly requires schools to follow current CDC guidance “to the maximum extent practicable.”
Teo Armus, Hannah Natanson, Jenna Portnoy and Rebecca Tan contributed to this report.