Inova COVID-19 Vaccine SchedulingWalk-in Appointments Available
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Second dose vaccinations appointments ONLY
Inova has administered over 440,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines since mid-December.
Inova has started to wind down it’s vaccine operations and is now only offering 2nd dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations for those age 12 and older.
We want your COVID-19 vaccination experience to go as smoothly as possible. Get important information about scheduling vaccines for you and your family, learn what to expect the day of your appointment, and review frequently asked questions.
Inova is providing second dose vaccinations to all individuals age 12+. We have discontinued offering first dose appointments at our Stonebridge Vaccination Center. We invite you to schedule your second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointment using the Inova MyChart Patient Portal.
If you do not have an Inova MyChart account, create a new account.
In order to schedule a vaccination appointment for anyone 14 or 17:
In order to schedule a vaccination appointment for anyone 14-17:
5001 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(also known as “Victory Center”)
Map and Directions
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Walk-in Appointments Available: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | For children and teens 12-17, a parent or legal guardian will need to be present to provide consent for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Metro: Van Dorn Station (Blue Line) – half mile walk
DASH Bus: Bus routes AT5 and AT7 stop in front of the Center
Parking: Follow the BLUE signs for the Vaccination Center Parking, located on the east side of the building. When looking at the Vaccination Center building, the blue/east lot is on your right. Please note, the red/west parking lot is for COVID-19 testing appointments only.
ADA parking is available and patients needing assistance may be dropped off and picked up in front of the building.
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available in our region, Inova is able to wind down our mass vaccination efforts and shift our focus to getting patients back to routine care.
Fairfax County provides free rides via taxi companies to anyone with a vaccine appointment who does not have access to their own transportation. To schedule vaccine transportation, call the Fairfax County Health Department Vaccine Call Center at 703-324-7404, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Provide your name, phone number, date and time of your vaccine appointment, appointment address, and your home address. Once the call center confirms your eligibility, they will contact the Human Services Transportation team to arrange transportation.
For older adults, people on limited incomes, or individuals with disabilities the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services offers a subsidized taxi voucher program.
For vaccine patients, using MyChart allows you to make same-day appointments or reschedule if necessary, set reminder notices, check-in electronically prior to your appointment, and have your vaccination connected to your other health records if you already are an Inova patient.
For Inova, use of MyChart allows us to better manage appointments and our vaccine supply. For example, we can use the system to balance first and second dose appointments on any given day so we can administer vaccine more efficiently and effectively. In the first week of using MyChart for vaccine scheduling we were able to provide 20% more first dose shots by converting unused second dose appointments thanks to MyChart’s data management and same-day scheduling features. Further, use of this electronic health record provides more accurate and complete data to share with our health department partners and the Commonwealth of Virginia as required for reporting on vaccine distribution.
This is not a required field. The standard online form asks you to provide the last four digits of our Social Security number as just one option as part of the registration and identity verification process.
Registering for MyChart does not involve or affect your credit rating. The MyChart registration form includes a series of questions provided by “Precise ID powered by Experian,” a third party partner used to help verify your identity. With MyChart being an electronic health record, it is imperative that we verify your identity to ensure proper care and handling of your sensitive medical information. Please answer the series of questions to proceed to the next portion of the registration page. If for some reason we are not able to verify your identity, the page will prompt you with instructions to contact the MyChart team so that we may further assist you in registering and then scheduling your appointment.
As part of the electronic check-in process prior to your appointment, you will be asked to provide insurance information. If you are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine through Inova, there will be no out-of-pocket cost to you. Inova will be collecting insurance information from those who have insurance and will work with insurance plans to cover allowed charges for vaccine administration. If an insurance plan does not cover charges, Inova will not pursue payment from the patient. Lack of insurance will not prevent you from scheduling a vaccine appointment. Please just select the appropriate response indicating you do not have insurance.
Yes, if you would feel more comfortable having a family member, or even a trusted friend, assist you in the online registration process, you are welcome to authorize someone to do so. However, the individual must enter only your information, not their own. If the information does not correspond with your personal information, we may be unable to verify your identify and the MyChart and scheduling process could fail.
If you forgot your Inova MyChart ID and/or password please select the appropriate action under the “sign in” button on the MyChart login page to reset your account.
If you run into issues, contact 1-855-MYINOVA and select option #1.
You will not be able to schedule an appointment using this number.
Since December 2019 when the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Wuhan, China, SARS-CoV-2 virus, has spread around the world. To date, in the United States, there have been a reported over 25 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths (with numbers still rising). To put this in context, the case fatality rate (number of people who have a disease and then die due to the disease) is 3.1% for COVID-19 while it is only 0.1% for the flu.
Granted, many more people survive than die from COVID-19 infection, but there are other health conditions that can develop as part of COVID-19 infection or subsequent to COVID-19 infection including heart, lung, brain and nerve problems, kidney injury, and whole body inflammation syndromes which occur in both adults and children. There are also longer term problems that we are just beginning to unravel including persistent symptoms after COVID-19.
While there are still many unknowns about COVID-19, we have learned a lot in the year since the pandemic began and have developed new treatments and now vaccines to fight back against COVID-19.
In December 2020, the FDA authorized two vaccines for emergency use. The first doses manufactured by Pfizer-BIONTECH rolled out to hospitals on Dec. 14, 2020. Since then, Inova has given more than 100,000 shots to healthcare workers throughout the Washington, DC region, and will now assist in vaccinating the local community based on the CDC guidelines.
However, despite this success, some people still may have concerns about being vaccinated. We understand that in order to stop the rapid spread of this infection, people need to be protected against it. The best way to be protected against an infection is immunization. It is estimated that about 80% of the human population will need to be protected in order to stop the pandemic.
Many people still have questions about the vaccine including questions about the development of the vaccine, its safety and efficacy, side effects and its impact on those with certain health conditions. Below, we answer many of these questions and provide links to resources for more information. If you still have questions, it is best to discuss these with your primary care doctor.
The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you from getting sick, and is very likely to limit your ability to spread the virus. This will also help protect those around you in your community – your family, friends and neighbors – who may not be able to be vaccinated because of their age or certain health conditions.
Only people with a history of severe allergic reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis) to an ingredient in the vaccine should not get the vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about getting the vaccine. For pregnant women or women trying to conceive, the CDC says there is no reason pregnant or lactating women should not receive the vaccine.
Carefully review the information below and discuss with your practitioner if you are unsure:
Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19 (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
No, you cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccine does not use the virus like the flu shot. It helps your body build its own defense against the SARS-CoV-2 virus by using a synthetic form of the virus’s spike protein code called messenger RNA (mRNA).
The mRNA primes your immune system to recognize and respond to the virus spike protein. It teaches your immune system to recognize the virus as “foreign” and fight to block its spread. It uses mRNA to start the process and help remember the virus spike protein so it can get a quick start in fighting it off. The mRNA does not change anything in your cells.
The vaccine has no effect on the viral tests (PCR or antigen based nasal/oral swabs) used to diagnose COVID-19. For tests that are not used to diagnose active COVID-19 disease, like tests for antibodies in your blood, it will appropriately cause some of these to become positive.
The current vaccination process requires two shots to be sure you are capable of successfully fighting off the virus. After the first injection, there may be some immunity, but you will need the second to achieve a high level of protection. After your second shot, the immune system is fully activated to fight the virus approximately one to two weeks afterwards.
Please remember, until your immune system has been fully activated (has enough information to fight of the SARS-CoV2 infection) which happens after your second dose of the vaccine, you can still catch COVID-19. The more people who are vaccinated, the more quickly we can achieve herd immunity (which means 80% of people are vaccinated against COVID-19) and get back to “normal”, but until then we need to continue to wear a mask, wash our hands frequently, and socially distance even after our second shot.
No. Research using mRNA in a vaccine has been ongoing since the 1990s.
The vaccines being given at Inova were tested in more than 70,000 people worldwide. Everyone who receives the vaccine is being monitored afterwards, so if there are any problems, they can be addressed immediately. Inova has seen minimal side effects in the 100,000+ doses we have administered so far.
If Virginia residents misplace their vaccination cards, they can email the Virginia Immunization Information System help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the VIIS help desk at 1-866-375-9795 to request a copy of the card. The help desk operates from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Commonwealth also offers an online form. Within 24 to 48 hours of filling out an Immunization Record Request Form, a VIIS representative will respond.
Most of the reported side effects (soreness at the site of injection, mild headache, body aches, low fever or chills) have been reported as mild to moderate and occur about 12-24 hours after the shot, and last no more than seven days (most are only for 24-48 hours). The second dose often produces more of these symptoms so it is suggested that you plan your work schedule around your second dose so that you can consider taking the day off after receiving the second dose of vaccine.
Remember, if you develop side effects, this is not a bad thing, it just means your immune system is working well. If you don’t develop side effects, this doesn’t mean that your immune system isn’t working, it just means our bodies react differently when we get the vaccine.
Everyone who gets the vaccine is asked to sign up for V-Safe, a program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help track side effects. V-Safe will deliver a text message to you every day for about one week after you get the vaccine to check in to see how you are doing. If the responses you submit to V-safe are concerning, a representative from the CDC will call you to ask more questions. If you are experiencing mild side effects, you can take medication that you normally may take when you have a headache or body aches such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). You also can contact your primary care physician who can help you with any questions you may have.
It is important to recognize that shortness of breath, cough, loss of taste, and loss of smell are not vaccine side effects and should prompt a phone call to your physician.
These may be similar, in that both may be associated with fever, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue. The vaccine side effects are usually mild and last 36 hours or less. However, if you are concerned and or if your symptoms persist, contact your primary care provider for their advice on next steps.
The vaccines do not cause sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or lack of taste/smell. If you develop any of these symptoms and have concerns about possible COVID-19 infection, you should talk to you healthcare professional.
It is not recommended to take prophylactic medications such as Advil or Tylenol for the purpose of preventing symptoms due to lack of information on the effect of antibody response. However, you may take these medications after vaccination to treat post-vaccination symptoms if they occur.
You will have some immunity about 10 days after the first shot. This is not adequate to protect you from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus but you may experience a milder illness. People over 65 years of age may have less protection than younger people during the interval between the first and second shots. It is important to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and for now, you must continue to demonstrate safety precautions including masking, social distancing and hand hygiene to protect yourself and others who have not been or are not able to be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.
Yes. The vaccine is designed to prevent symptomatic and serious disease.
It is important to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and you should try to get the second dose within the window you were told when you got your first shot. However, being a few days late in getting your second shot should not be concerning. It is important to get the entire vaccine series to provide protection against COVID-19. Right now, one dose of the vaccine is not enough to provide full protection.
Currently, the vaccines still protect against the new virus variants (mutants). The changing of the virus is expected, as this is what viruses do, so it is best to get your vaccine when it is your turn. In order to stop the coronavirus from mutating, we need to stop it from infecting people and the best way to do that is to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Yes. The data we have seen make us confident that the vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are safe for the ages included in the authorization. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in people 12 and older. Most new medicines and vaccines are studied in adults first, so the first authorization for the vaccine didn’t include children under 16, but this most recent study did.
Very rarely, people have had allergic reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (estimated to be less than 2 – 4 people per million). This reaction can be treated.
In adults and older children, the most common symptoms after getting vaccinated are a mild-to-moderate headache, muscle aches or fatigue and sometimes a low fever. These usually don’t last more than one to three days. The side effect rates appear to be similar between young adults and older children.
Yes, the rate of effectiveness has been reported between 95 and 100 percent in adults and adolescents in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.
Inova Stonebridge COVID-19 Vaccination Center, which is located at 5001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304. See Inova.org/covidvaccine for appointment and registration information. At this time, we are not accepting walk-in patients. Anyone over the age of 12 can receive the vaccine at the Stonebridge site, and we encourage all family members to do so.
The Pfizer vaccine is given in two doses, with the second dose approximately three weeks after the first.
The vaccine does not cost you any money. A vaccine administration fee may be charged to your insurance company. Inova will not bill you directly for this.
There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine or any vaccine affects fertility. Women undergoing fertility treatment or who are planning to get pregnant should be encouraged to get vaccinated if they are eligible. Since the vaccine is not a live virus, there is no reason to delay pregnancy attempts because of vaccination administration or to defer treatment until the second dose has been administered.
No. People with COVID-19 can get the vaccine after they are feeling better and meet the criteria to stop isolation. Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines on when you can be around others after having COVID-19.
If your child had COVID-19 and had monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma treatments, your child should wait 90 days to get the vaccine. Talk with your child’s doctor about when your child should receive the vaccine.
Yes. Your child should get the vaccine even if they have already had COVID-19. Even though having had COVID-19 may provide some protection from getting sick again, we do not know how long that protection will last.
Inova’s certified child life specialists are an integral part of making the vaccination experience as anxiety- and pain-free as possible. We have onsite pain management tools, like Buzzy and Shotblocker, to help reduce discomfort associated with vaccine administration. We also have videos on our website and social media channels to help you prepare your child or teen for the best possible experience. When you arrive to check in, please alert the staff if your child may need a quiet space or additional distraction. You can also reach out to the child life department if you have specific questions about making the vaccine the best possible experience.
Yes. The CDC recommends that people diagnosed with MIS-C or MIS-A recover from their illness, wait at least 90 days, and have return of normal cardiac function before getting their COVID-19 vaccines.
Yes. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that people who would otherwise fall behind on routine vaccines can get the COVID-19 vaccines at the same time or within 14 days of other routine vaccines. They also note that no data are available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines.
Yes. The dose and the common side effects are the same between adolescents and adults.
No. The dose of vaccine is not based on weight in people 12 years of age or older.
Pregnancy is considered a high-risk health condition according to the CDC and falls in the 1b phase for eligibility. Please check here for your county’s phase eligibility.
Women undergoing fertility treatment or planning to get pregnant should be encouraged to receive vaccination if they are eligible. Since the vaccine is not a live virus, there is no reason to delay pregnancy attempts because of vaccination administration or to defer treatment until the second dose has been administered.
Currently, there are limited data available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. Speak with your healthcare provider to help you make an informed decision. However, based on how mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to cause harm to women who are pregnant or to the fetus.
The CDC, American College of OB-GYN, and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine all state that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals, those planning to get pregnant, or those on fertility treatments who are otherwise eligible for vaccination. To date, the CDC is monitoring approximately 15,000 pregnant women who have received the COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more: Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19
Note: Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk for severe illness, including death, than age-matched controls.
Yes it is safe to receive the vaccine before a surgical procedure. If the timing of the procedure is flexible then it is recommended to schedule the procedure at least 3 days but no more than a week after a vaccine dose. This guidance is given so that any symptoms such as a fever can be correctly attributed to the side effects of either vaccination or the operation/procedure itself.
No, the vaccine will not impact your procedure and appropriate COVID-19 precautions will still be followed regardless of vaccination status. The components of the vaccine should have no impact on the anesthesia or any medications used in relation to your surgical procedure.
We do not recommend postponing vaccination unless it would not be feasible to receive it due to the timing of the procedure or expected procedural recovery. Speak with your surgeon for more information. However, as noted above, it would be advisable to space your surgery date and vaccination date by at least 3 days to allow for the proper assignment of any symptoms that may arise such as fever to either the surgery or the vaccination.
Currently, Inova requires a COVID-19 test before some surgeries and procedures. We will continue this requirement until we know more about asymptomatic spread after vaccination.
If you were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you do not need another COVID-19 test before elective surgery.
The timing of elective surgery after recovery from COVID-19 utilizes both symptom and severity-based categories. Suggested wait times from the date of COVID-19 diagnosis to surgery are as follows:
These timelines should not be considered definitive; each patient’s preoperative risk assessment should be individualized, factoring in surgical intensity, patient co-morbidities, and the benefit/risk ratio of further delaying surgery.
Residual symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain are common in patients who have had COVID-19. These symptoms can be present more than 60 days after diagnosis. In addition, COVID-19 may have long term effects. Speak with your doctor about a preoperative evaluation.
No. Vaccination status will not have an impact on whether or not your surgery/procedure takes place.
Having surgery or a procedure is not part of the criteria used when prioritizing patients for the vaccine, however, we encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as it is their turn.
Based on CDC guidance, we are encouraging patients with active cancer to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available. Active cancer refers to any cancer patient currently being treated or has been diagnosed within the last year. This can be given while on chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy.
Yes. Northern Virginia is currently in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution as of January 14. This now includes any person age 65 or older or any person age 16-64 with a high risk medical condition such as cancer.
To properly manage the vaccination process, individuals who have received their initial vaccine dose from Inova should anticipate receiving their second dose at their scheduled follow-up appointment. Inova is currently working with local health departments to receive supply and vaccinate eligible populations. Updates about our supply and eligibility will be made on this page; please check back frequently.
All vaccines can cause temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which is a sign that the body is building immunity and making antibodies as intended. In some rare cases, reports of lymphadenopathy; swelling of the lymph nodes, can develop in the arm and neck region 2 to 4 days after COVID-19 vaccination. This can last, on average, 10 days. This temporary swelling can impact mammogram and breast ultrasound readings. Therefore, it is important that you provide an accurate health history including your vaccination status, timing and side (left vs. right arm) of vaccination at your breast imaging appointment.
If possible, we recommend scheduling routine screening mammograms either before your first COVID-19 vaccine or later than 14 days after vaccination (first or second dose). However, if you have any breast symptoms, you should not delay getting a mammogram or breast ultrasound.