Published: 08/16/2021

Third Dose Vaccinations Now Available for Individuals Who Are Immunocompromised

Residents of the Fairfax Health District who have immune systems that are compromised due to medical conditions or are receiving immunosuppressive medications or treatments and who have received two doses of an mRNA CODIV-19 vaccine (Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna) are now eligible to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Fairfax County Health Department clinics.

This updated guidance follows authorization of the third dose mRNA vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommendation by CDC. The Virginia Department of Health announced this update late Friday, Aug. 13 and Fairfax Health District officials worked to update their administrative processes so that eligible individuals would be able to receive their third vaccination at health department clinics beginning Saturday, Aug. 14.

The third dose should be administered at least 28 days after the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. People 12 years and older can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and individuals 18 years and older can receive the Moderna vaccine. The third dose should be the same mRNA vaccine as the primary series. The Fairfax County Health Department is supplying only Pfizer vaccine at this time.

The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, with many places offering same day appointments and walk-in service. Visit www.vaccines.gov to find a location nearest you or visit the health department’s web site. People who received the Moderna vaccine should use vaccines.gov to find a provider.

Who Is Eligible?

An additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Active treatment for a solid tumor and cancers of the blood.
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking medications to suppress the immune system.
  • Receipt of stem cell transplant within the last two years or taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), or other drugs that may suppress the immune system.

There is no proof of medical condition required to receive a third dose of vaccine at one of the Fairfax County Health Department vaccination sites, and individuals will not be asked to provide medical documentation.

While available evidence shows that a third dose provides a modest benefit to improving the immune response to mRNA vaccination, it is important to remember that immunocompromised people might still not have a strong level of protection against COVID-19, even after receiving a third dose of vaccine. Additional COVID-19 precautions remain important and include wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance from others outside of the home, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. People who are immunocompromised are encouraged to consult with their medical provider.

Published: 08/03/2021

Fairfax County Now Recommends Indoor Masking to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, the Fairfax County Health Department recommends that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings. As the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase with the spread of the Delta variant, this recommendation is based on the Fairfax Health District moving from moderate level of COVID-19 transmission to substantial transmission.

Indoor masking is an important approach to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and should be combined with other strategies or “layers of prevention.” In addition to masking, residents should:

  • Get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Despite some breakthrough cases, vaccination remains the most important approach to prevent COVID-19 and particularly to prevent more severe infection. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are available. Vaccinations are free.
  • Stay home when you’re ill except to get tested or see a healthcare provider.
  • Maintain 6 feet physical distancing from others.
  • Practice good handwashing.
  • Get tested if symptomatic or if you spent time with some who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Adhere to health department recommendations for isolation and quarantine if you are infected or are a close contact of an infected person.
  • Stay in touch with the most current information in Fairfax County.

There is not enough information to recommend an additional vaccine dose for people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Studies are currently underway to evaluate the protection provided by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to people with weakened immune systems. Recommendations for these people will be coming in the near future. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people with a compromised immune system who have received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine start a new vaccination series with Pfizer or Moderna.

For more information COVID-19 vaccination clinics, visit the Fairfax County website for updates on locations, hours of operation and other helpful resources.

Published: 08/02/2021

Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Overview

All Columbia College students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend Columbia College beginning Fall 2021. The policy comes as the rate of COVID-19 infections increases across the country, particularly in states and sub-populations with the lowest vaccination rates and as the predominant delta variant proves to be much more infectious.

Policy

Proof of vaccination is required for all students in the 2021-22 academic year. (This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19.)

Students will need to document vaccine dates and upload vaccination documents in the College’s confidential and secure Compliance Portal.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement from the Health Service for medical or non-medical (e.g., religious) reasons as provided in Virginia and federal law:

  • Students who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption from the Health Service. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  • Students seeking a non-medical (e.g. religious) exemption may request such an exemption from the Health Service and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request, as well as either 1) signed documentation from a health care practitioner that the practitioner has reviewed with the student the risks and benefits of immunization or 2) certification of having completed a COVID vaccine educational module approved by the Columbia College. Exemption requests for fall 2021 should be submitted to Columbia College no later than August 13, 2021.

Students who fail to do so by August 15, 2021 may be subject to disciplinary action, registration holds, or other requirements or restrictions to support community health. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Compliance Services at jeffl@ccdc.edu.

Published: 07/28/2021

COVID-19 Delta Variant FAQs

Should I be concerned about the Delta variant?

Data shows that the Delta variant is substantially different from the original version of the coronavirus and other variants that have emerged. The Delta variant, first identified in India, is much more contagious, poses more of a risk to unvaccinated people and spreads more than twice as easily as previous variants. Vaccination is the best way to fight COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant. Take steps to protect your health and the health of others by wearing a mask in public indoor settings, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, washing hands, and staying home when sick.

Should vaccinated people worry?

Most transmission is happening among the unvaccinated and in areas with low vaccination rates. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and might also help protect people around them.

Current data shows that COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States offer protection against most variants currently spreading in the United States, including the Delta variant. However, the Delta variant might cause illness in some people even after they are fully vaccinated. While vaccinated people represent a very small number of transmissions, emerging evidence points that some vaccinated people can be contagious if they are infected with the Delta variant and can spread it to others.

Does this mean that vaccines aren’t working as expected?

No. Nearly 190 million vaccinated people in the United States have a very strong degree of protection against the variants, including Delta. Fully vaccinated people are overwhelmingly avoiding severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Unvaccinated people account for most of the hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Based on the CDC’s latest guidance, in areas of substantial or high transmission, everyone should wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and protect others. In the Fairfax Health District, we are currently experiencing substantial community transmission. As a result everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, should wear a mask in public indoor settings. Indoor masking in an important approach to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and should be combined with other strategies or “layers of prevention.” In addition to masking, people should:

  • Get vaccinated if they have not done so already. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are available. Vaccinations are free.
  • Stay home when you’re ill except to get tested or see a healthcare provider.
  • Maintain 6 feet physical distancing from others.
  • Practice good handwashing.
  • Get tested if symptomatic or if you spent time with some who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Adhere to health department recommendations for isolation and quarantine if you are infected or are a close contact of an infected person.
  • Stay in touch with the most current information in Fairfax County.

Are vaccines effective against the Delta variant?

Yes! COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. It also helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. More than 75 percent of Fairfax Health District residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But that means 25 percent have not. With the Delta variant, vaccination is more urgent than ever to help stem the rise in cases.

I’m traveling this summer. What should I consider?

Consider the location where you are going. If traveling within the United States, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID data tracker webpage to review the level of COVID-19 transmission for your destination. If your destination is experiencing high or substantial transmission, reconsider traveling, but if you do go to these areas wear a mask indoors as recommended by the CDC, even if you are fully vaccinated. You do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel within the U.S.

If you are traveling internationally, go to the CDC webpage for COVID-19 travel recommendations. Enter your destination and review the travel advisory. Reconsider travel if COVID-19 levels are high or very high. You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination or airline requires it. You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to return to the United States.

If you intend to still travel, be sure you are fully vaccinated and wear a mask. When you return home, get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days post travel but you do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States. No matter your destination, unvaccinated travelers should avoid all non-essential travel.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine is widely available in the Fairfax Health District for those 12 years and older. Find a location near you.


Published: 06/24/2021

Facts matter. Click here to visit the COVID-19 Rumor Control page on the Fairfax Health District website: fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/rumor-control.

How Eligible Residents Register for the Vaccine

All Virginia residents age 13 and older may receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are available, and many sites allow walk-in service. (Be sure to confirm before arriving at a site.)

VaccineFinder.org shows appointments at retail pharmacies, doctor offices, and Fairfax Health District clinics. Everyone — including those in priority groups 1b, 1c, or age 65+, or age 16 to 64 with high risk medical conditions — can register through VaccineFinder.org.

If no appointments are available at VaccineFinder.org, you also may register through the Virginia Department of Health’s Vaccinate Virginia website.

Appointments for vaccination at Fairfax Health District sites — Fairfax County Government Center, Tysons CVC, and George Mason University — are available with Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-developed tool:

  1. Create a VAMS account.
  2. Look for an email or text message (depending on your preference selected) and follow the instructions to complete your account set-up.
  3. Choose your appointment date, time, and location and schedule your appointment!

For assistance, contact:

  • Virginia Department of Health call center: 877-829-4682
  • Fairfax Health District
    • call center: 703-324-7404
    • email: FFXCOVID@fairfaxcounty.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Got questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines? Get your information from trusted sources, including the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Fairfax County Health Department that serves the city and the rest of the Fairfax Health District. As always, you are encouraged to seek information also from your own physician.

Published: 04/14/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for All Age 16+; New Scheduling Process in Effect

Beginning Sunday, April 18, all individuals in the Fairfax Health District who are age 16 or older will be eligible to directly schedule a vaccine appointment through VaccineFinder.org, as the Fairfax Health District moves into Phase 2 with the rest of Virginia.

With this new system, the Fairfax County Health Department will no longer accept registrations for the COVID-19 vaccine.

VaccineFinder.org displays available appointments from approved vaccine providers throughout the Fairfax Health District, including the health department, pharmacies, hospitals and some private practices. (Please note: clinics managed by the health department and some of its partners may not be listed on that site until late April or early May due to available vaccine supply and the need to finish vaccinating those on the Fairfax Health District waitlist.)

Everyone who was on the Fairfax Health District waitlist before it closed at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, will be contacted to schedule appointments within about one week. All other residents interested in obtaining a vaccine should use VaccineFinder.org.

Residents are encouraged to schedule an appointment on VaccineFinder.org with any provider based on the day, time, and location that is most convenient for them.

Be aware that each provider may have different processes to sign up for an appointment. If you are on the health department’s current waitlist but get vaccinated by another provider, please remove yourself from the health department waitlist.

The Fairfax Health District’s current registration system was required in Phase 1 to accommodate the prioritization of residents when local health departments were the primary community vaccination sites. In Phase 2, the larger pool of community vaccination sites allows the health district to shift to this new process, which will allow greater flexibility and choice of where residents receive their vaccine.

Now that the entire commonwealth is in the same phase, the Fairfax preregistration system will be retired — however, the state registration system will remain open after April 18 for those who meet Phase 1 eligibility criteria. Individuals in this group after April 18 may choose to schedule appointments on VaccineFinder.org, or may register at Vaccinate Virginia if no appointments are available. For assistance, call the state’s call center at 877-829-4682 or the Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Call Center at 703-324-7404.

Vaccine Supply

As the transition to Phase 2 occurs, the Fairfax Health District’s demand for vaccine still surpasses a supply that has seen fluctuations across jurisdictions throughout the state and the country. It is anticipated that vaccine supplies will begin to increase throughout the spring and summer.

Using Vaccine Finder

To find available appointments in the Fairfax Health District, visit the VaccineFinder.org website. Simply enter your zip code and select a search radius. (Once appointments are available for clinics managed by the Fairfax County Health Department, those clinics will be listed on the map alongside other community providers and pharmacies.)

Please note that these other (non-health department) providers are more likely to have appointments available on VaccineFinder.org in the next few weeks.

VaccineFinder.org is not currently available in languages other than English, but users can change their web browser settings to their desired language as an alternative.

To request assistance in another language or if you have difficulty using the online system, call the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-324-7404.


Published: 01/19/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

THERE ARE 2 STEPS TO SCHEDULE A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT

STEP 1: CONFIRM YOU QUALIFY FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you qualify to register for an appointment.

  • Are you a Fairfax Health District resident ages 65+?
  • Are you a health care worker who lives or works in the Fairfax Health District?
  • Are you a Fairfax Health District resident ages 16-64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

If you meet any of the above criteria AND this is your first COVID-19 vaccination appointment, you are eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine from the Health Department. You can complete the Vaccine Appointment Questionnaire using the link below.

Please note:

  • Other Phase 1A and 1B-eligible groups are being vaccinated through dedicated vaccination clinics. Find this information on our vaccination home page (click on the drop-down “How do I get vaccinated if I am eligible?”)
  • Fairfax Health District includes Fairfax County, cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Vienna and Herndon.

STEP 2: APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING

The Health Department will email you to schedule an appointment. You will be able to choose a day, time and location for your vaccine. Learn more about the registration process.

Please note: Non-essential worker Phase 1b groups currently eligible for vaccination account for approximately 40% of all our residents over the age of 16, and vaccine demand is far greater than appointment and vaccine availability at this time. Therefore, it may take months to vaccinate people in these priority groups. This is why – even if you register for an appointment – it might take some time before you can actually schedule a slot and get vaccinated. There are plans to increase options for vaccination at pharmacies and health care provider offices as vaccine supply increases, which over time will give people more choices.

Have you already received your first dose at the Fairfax County Health Department? If yes, then please do NOT use this online registration form. You are already in our system and will be sent a link to make an appointment when it is time for your second dose.

GET STARTED – COMPLETE THE VACCINE APPOINTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

People who need assistance with registration, who need to register in another language, or who do not have proper internet access or technology for online appointment scheduling can contact our call center to register for an appointment over the phone at 703-324-7404.

Published: 2021/01/12

COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE FAIRFAX HEALTH DISTRICT

Per the Virginia Department of Health, the following individuals are eligible for vaccination:

Phase 1a: Health care personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1b: Frontline Essential Workers, Persons Aged 75 years and Older, and People Living in Correctional Facilities and Homeless Shelters. Frontline Essential Workers are eligible for vaccination in the following priority order put forth by the Virginia Department of Health:

  1. Police, Fire, and Hazmat
  2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  3. Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
  4. Food and Agriculture (including Veterinarians)
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Grocery store workers
  7. Public transit workers
  8. Mail carriers (USPS and private)
  9. Officials needed to maintain continuity of government

Beginning Monday, January 11, 2020, the following 1b groups are eligible for vaccination in the Fairfax Health District:

  1. Adults 75+
  2. People living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps
  3. Police, fire and hazmat (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #1)
  4. Corrections and homeless shelter workers (Frontline Essential Worker Group Priority #2)

Dates for the other Phase 1b frontline essential workers categories will be announced in the future.

It will take several weeks to months to vaccinate Virginians who fall into Phase 1b. The ability to schedule appointments will depend on vaccine availability. Vaccine supply in the United States is still very limited. Currently the federal government is allocating about 110,000 doses of vaccine to Virginia a week. The amount of vaccine available in the United States will depend on the capabilities of the manufacturers to produce the vaccine safely and is expected to increase later gradually over the next months. The Virginia Department of Health is continually monitoring vaccination and matching allocations of doses and will move to other priority groups as appropriate. No information about dates of vaccine availability for groups beyond 1a and 1b is available at this time.

More information about Phase 1b

More information about Phase 1c

Published: 2020/07/15

[CCDC NEWS] COVID-19 cases keep climbing in the United States.

On Tuesday, 67,417 new cases had reported in the United States. According to a CNBC analysis, the U.S. has reported that COVID-19 cases keep climbing about 68,210 new cases per day over the past seven days. USA TODAY analysis shows that the South and Southwest became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As new cases continue to emerge, many states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said that the United States could get the Coronavirus pandemic under control in eight weeks if everyone wears a mask. Many restaurants and stores follow the guideline from local public health authorities and require their customers to wear a mask. CDC also highly recommended people to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of the virus. Wearing a face mask can be uncomfortable, but it is the most effective way to stop the spread and protect yourself and your family. We hope you are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

Related articles:

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/07/14/cdc-says-us-could-get-coronavirus-under-control-in-one-to-two-months-if-everyone-wears-a-mask.html

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/07/15/us-reports-record-67400-single-day-spike-of-new-coronavirus-cases.html

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/graphics/2020/07/10/maps-show-covid-19-hot-spot-surge-south/5397551002/

Published: 2020/06/30

COVID-19 Phase Three In Virginia Begins July 1

  • Gathering of 250 allowed
  • Masks recommended
  • Social distancing required

OPEN

  • Restaurants at 100% occupancy
  • Fitness centers at 70% occupancy
  • House of worship at 100% occupancy
  • Recreation and entertainment venues at 50% occupancy with a maximum of 1,000 people

Published: 2020/06/16

COVID-19 Phase Two In Virginia Begins June 12

  • Gathering of 50 allowed
  • Masks recommended
  • Social distancing recommended

OPEN

  • Restaurants with indoor dining at 50% occupancy
  • Fitness centers at 30% occupancy
  • House of worship at 50% occupancy
  • Pools open for indoor and outdoor exercise

Published: 2020/05/28

We are happy to announce that we have distributed all the donated masks from WireBarley USA.
WireBarley USA has been participating in mask donation campaigns to support the worldwide response to COVID-19.
They donated 1,000 face masks to Columbia College to protect local students against the spread of Corona virus.
Columbia College also contributed to help our community by distributing the donated mask to our students.
We felt lucky to be able to support our community and our students!
A big thanks to @WireBarley.

Published: 2020/04/28

DIY Face mask
It’s everyone’s responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19. One way to be a part of this responsibility
is to make your own face mask and wear it in public.
Check out the full video on:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/cp3Bwx2Zyr4
Instagram: @ccdc.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ccdcedu

Published: 2020/04/21

Medical Mask Donation By Our Student
500 medical masks, which are essential supply during this virus pandemic, were donated to school by one of our students
who wish to remain anonymous. We really appreciate your kindness and your warm heart for your community.
Let’s get through this together and keep our community safe.
If you have any questions and concern, please do not hesitate to contact at rebeccap@ccdc.edu

Published: 2020/04/10

Information on Coronavirus
Hello, Columbia College Students!
All classes have now been operated by online for 2020 Spring II Session(Mar 30, 2020 – June 06, 2020).
For further help regarding class registration, schedule, and operation, email at hannak@ccdc.edu.
For any assistance with F-1 status, email at beauy@ccdc.edu.
For assistance with Admission counseling, email to joannao@ccdc.edu


Published: 2020/03/24

Information on Coronavirus
Hello, Columbia College Students! All classes have now been operated by online for 2020 Spring II Session(Mar 30, 2020 – June 06, 2020).
For further help regarding class registration, schedule, and operation, email at
hannak@ccdc.edu. For any assistance with F-1 status, email at beauy@ccdc.edu.

Published: 2020/01/07

Information on Coronavirus
All classes will resume through remote instruction starting on Monday, March 16.
Please refer to the guideline below.

[2020 Spring I B Session ] March 23-March 28
*Assignments and/or final exam will be distributed via email.

[2020 Spring II Session] March 30-June 6
Online Class through Zoom and Google.
* Detailed instructions will be provided via email.

Columbia College will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to the updated guidance. Because it is possible that the class schedule can be changed any time depending on the situation, please check your email or school home page frequently.

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