The original item was published from June 21, 2022 3:51 PM to June 21, 2022 4:07 PM
Children 6 months of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has adopted the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to include children 6 months to 4 years of age.
Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children as young as 6 months old. The CDC and VDH recommend that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine formulation approved for this age group is recommended in multi-dose series depending on the type of vaccine provided:
“This is a significant development in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect young children from becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “Children infected with COVID-19 can potentially become very ill, have short- and long-term health conditions, and spread COVID-19 to loved ones, and others at school and in the community.”
Some providers may choose to offer both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, while others may decide only to offer one. Loudoun County health officials encourage parents and guardians to talk to their health care providers for specific information about which vaccine they will be offering as well as about the CDC recommendations.
Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under 5
COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years may be available at some locations as early as today. Parents and guardians of young children have several options for obtaining COVID-19 vaccine in Loudoun County:
Vaccine providers can also be found at vaccines.gov. For additional information about COVID-19 visit loudoun.gov/coronavirus.
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The original item was published from February 26, 2022 11:47 AM to February 26, 2022 11:55 AM
Effective immediately, Loudoun County no longer requires members of the public to wear a face mask while inside Loudoun County-owned and -operated facilities. Additionally, the social distancing requirement inside county facilities is also ended.
Loudoun County’s lifting of the COVID-19 mitigation measures is based on new guidance issued February 25, 2022, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that updates the metrics used to determine the impact of the virus that causes COVID-19 on a community. The CDC’s updated list of U.S. counties showing community impact indicates Loudoun County is now experiencing a “low” level of impact. In accordance with the Board of Supervisors’ February 1 vote to follow CDC guidance regarding the use of masks inside county’s facilities, the requirement is ended.
The CDC’s updated guidance considers the number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity and new COVID-19 cases to help determine the COVID-19 community level metrics. The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels tool is intended to help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and unique needs.
The CDC recommends that individuals who are at high risk for severe disease due to pre-existing, chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and chronic liver, heart or kidney disease, seek additional guidance from their health care providers.
The end of the mask requirement inside county facilities generally does not impact county employees who are not fully vaccinated or who work in health care settings. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry currently requires non-fully vaccinated employees to wear face coverings or surgical masks while indoors, unless their work task requires a respirator or other PPE.