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Information on scheduling a second vaccine appointment

From: Virginia Department of Health

Students should receive the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series from the same provider as their first dose whenever possible. However, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) understands that this is not always possible for students when they receive their first dose and then depart campus for the semester prior to the second dose becoming due. VDH is committed to ensuring that second dose appointments are available for these students at other locations throughout the Commonwealth.

If you received your first dose from a Virginia Tech-sponsored clinic and need to schedule your second dose at a different location, please visit VaccineFinder.org to schedule your second dose appointment at a location of your choosing.

If you are having difficulty obtaining a second dose appointment through VaccineFinder.org, please call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) and an agent will help you find an appointment. You can also email 2ndvaxdose@vdh.virginia.gov for assistance.

The two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are recommended to be given three weeks (21 days) apart and the two doses of Moderna vaccine four weeks (28 days) apart. You should not get the second dose earlier. However, if that kind of appointment scheduling is not possible, the second dose for each vaccine may be scheduled up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

If you receive a first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine. The safety and efficacy of mixing first and second doses of different vaccines is unknown.