Covid-19 vaccination information
Get Your Vaccination — Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula
The vaccines offered at clinics in the area are the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Information for each clinic often indicates which vaccine is offered that day. The free vaccine is available for ages 12 and up. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor, and only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those age 12-17. On April 23, the CDC resumed allowing the use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine after a pause. Read more about the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Norfolk clinic offers Covid-19 vaccinations, booster shots, testing
The Virginia Department of Health is opening a state-run community vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the former Macy’s Department Store location at Military Circle Mall, 880 N. Military Highway in Norfolk.
Any Virginian 65 years and older, or those 18 and above who have underlying medical conditions or live or work in a high-risk setting, and who received the second dose of their Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago can make an appointment for a free booster vaccination. In addition, individuals who need to receive their first or second dose of any vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson), or those who are immunosuppressed and need a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine may also receive them at no cost at the Norfolk site.
While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins will also be accepted. The former Macy’s location will offer vaccination appointments 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. To find an appointment, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Those who have an appointment should plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the appointment time. Anyone who has received a prior Covid-19 vaccine should bring their vaccine card or their vaccination record with a QR code. If you need a copy of your vaccination record, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov.
Anyone age 12 years or older who lives or works in Virginia is eligible to be vaccinated. Those under 18 years of age require the presence of a parent or guardian. Doctor's offices and pharmacies also offer free booster shots. Look for availability and appointments at vaccinate.virginia.gov.
Free Covid-19 testing
Free Covid-19 testing is also offered at the Norfolk site on Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m. Testing is available for ages 3 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration is needed. Only PCR testing is offered; there is no rapid testing.
About Covid-19 vaccine booster shots
Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula, a collaboration of local health districts, localities, and health systems on the Peninsula, issued a call for all eligible Virginians to become vaccinated against Covid-19 and receive a booster dose for further protection.
Who can get a booster?
People who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with the second dose at least six months ago, and who meet one of these criteria:
- People age 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings;
- People age 50–64 with underlying medical conditions;
- People age 18–49 with underlying medical conditions; or
- People age 18-64 who are at increased risk for Covid-19 because of occupational or institutional setting.
Who CANNOT currently get a booster?
- People who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines should NOT get a booster until those are approved by federal regulators.
- People who are under age 65 with no medical risk factors or job exposures.
When should I get a booster?
You can't get it until at least six months after your second shot. Studies show some decrease in immunity after that time, but you still have a great deal of protection. Health officials say people do not need to rush out immediately. Medical officials say it is safe to get both a flu shot and a booster in the same visit.
Where can I get a booster?
Most pharmacies, most doctor's offices, some community clinics. Check http://www.vaccinefinder.org or your doctor's office.
What do I need to bring?
Your vaccine card. If you can’t find it or laminated it, print out a new one at the vdh website here. Before giving the booster, medical officials will check the card to make sure your first doses were the Pfizer vaccine and that enough time has elapsed.
What side effects will I have?
Side effects vary from person to person, most commonly ranging from a sore arm to chills and body aches. For most people, it is similar to what they experienced after their second dose.
See the full news release on the booster.
Search for a vaccination clinic: You can search and make an appointment for a vaccination clinic in Hampton through the Virginia Department of Health website.
Replacement Vaccination Cards If you have received a Covid-19 vaccination and lost your Vaccination Card, submit an Immunization Record Request form for a replacement through the Virginia Department of Health or call 804-864-8055.
- Bon Secours, please visit here to learn how to schedule a vaccination appointment.
- Riverside, please visit here to learn how to schedule a vaccination appointment.
- Sentara, please visit here to learn how to schedule a vaccination appointment.
Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula is coordinating information related to area clinics. It includes Hampton and five other localities, the state Health Department local district, and four hospital/medical systems.
Hampton has bus passes available for Hampton residents who need transportation to any vaccine site. Complete the online form or call 727-8311 to register.
Virginia Health Department
Throughout Virginia The state has set up a central site for registration and to schedule a vaccination time. Go online to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-829-4682. Find out more at the Virginia Department of Health website.