The Prince William Health District What You Should Know:
Posted on 01-03
Can A COVID-19 Vaccine Make Me Sick With COVID-19?
- Because none of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19, or make you Test positive.
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do not contain any live virus. Instead, they work by teaching our cells to make a harmless piece of a “spike protein,” which is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19. After making the protein piece, cells display it on their Our immune system then recognizes that it does not belong there and responds to get rid of it. When an immune response begins, antibodies are produced, creating the same response that happens in a natural infection.
- You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19. Getting sick with COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called “natural” The level of protection people get from having COVID-19 may vary depending on how mild or severe their illness was, the time since their infection, and their age; and no currently available test can reliably determine if you are protected after a COVID-19 infection.
CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days
- If asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around
- The change is motivated by science showing that the majority of SARS- CoV-2 spread occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days before symptoms begin and the 2-3 days
- CDC is also updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. The updated recommendations are as follows:
- If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate) Everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Stay home for 5 If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves for 24 hours without fever reducing Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
- If you: Have been boosted OR Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 You do not need to quarantine. Wear a mask around others for 10 days after exposure. Test onday 5, if possible.
- If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home
- If you: Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated at Stay home for 5 days. Continue to wear a mask around othersfor 5 additional days.
- If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after Test on day 5 if possible. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home and isolate yourself from others.
Community Vaccination Center and Manassas Mall
- The Prince William CVC is located at the old Gander Mt. building, which is located at 14011Worth Avenue, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
- The CVC will offer vaccines for ages 5-11, Now accepting Walk-ins. PLEASE SEEBELOW FOR HOLIDAY HOURS
- Appointments are highly recommended, walk-ins are welcomed.
- Sign up for appointments at vase.vdh.virginia.gov for either the CVC or the Manassas Mall vaccine clinic
- Community Vaccination Center (CVC)
HOLIDAY HOURS FOR THE CVC
- December 30, 8 am to 4 pm.
- December 31- January 2 closed
- Starting January 3, CVC hours WILL NOW be operating Monday through Saturday 8 am to 6
Manassas Mall Clinic
- Prince William Health District at Manassas Mall COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located 8300Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109
- At Manassas Mall, vaccines for 5-11 year olds will be offered
Mall Clinic Hours:
- Thursday December 30: 10 am to 6 pm (clinic closed 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm, walk-ins accepted for12 years and older from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, vaccines offered: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). By appointment only Pfizer 5- 11 year old vaccinations.
- Friday December 31: 8 am to 4 pm (walk-ins accepted for 12 years and older, vaccines offered: Pfizer and Moderna). No 5-11 year old vaccinations on Fridays.
- Saturday January 1: Closed