Virginia has set up a new centralized call center to help people with questions about vaccines or to register to get the vaccine, if you have become eligible. The hotline, 877-275-8343, will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with staff able to help people who don’t have computers or who have difficulty using them. Language translation services will be available.
Anyone 65 or older is eligible to receive the vaccine, along with certain essential workers and younger adults with chronic illnesses. As nearly half of Virginia residents compete for limited doses, some people have registered multiple times in the same systems.
The centralized system is intended to help older Virginians more easily navigate the process. It will also give the local health districts access to better information for planning vaccination clinics, and it should cut down on the duplication of records that has occurred as some people have preregistered numerous times.
Existing waiting lists will be imported into the new system so that anyone who has already filled out a form does not need to do so again.
At the new centralized Vaccinate Virginia website you will find more information, can pre-register, can check to be sure you're already registered and more!
TO visit the new VACCINATE VIRGINIA WEBSITE, CLICK HERE
BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DISTRICT
Vaccine Distribution Updates
The Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) is continuing to face a very limited vaccine supply from the State. Governor Northam has shared that there are simply not enough vaccines to meet the current demand.
BRHD is continuing to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A (frontline healthcare workers), certain Phase 1B essential workers (in priority order as defined by VDH), and individuals 75+ (who will be vaccinated at UVA). We are working to expand our vaccine efforts to include individuals 65+ throughout the District but it will take time before we fully expand to vaccinate all 65+ due to the limited supply.
It will be March or April before BRHD is able to expand broadly to all individuals 65+ and individuals 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions.
Some pharmacies, like CVS, are offering COVID-19 vaccinations and there will be more opportunities for individuals 65+ to be vaccinated through community-based clinics, primary care providers, federally qualified health centers, and more. Read more about CVS below.
BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DISTRICT
CVS: Another Vaccination Option
On February 9, CVS Pharmacy opened registration for vaccines to individuals 65 years and older and who are within the Phase 1b eligibility guidelines, as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. Appointments, which must be made through the CVS website, are on a first-come-first-served basis. BRHD is not involved in CVS scheduling and cannot assist in scheduling an appointment through CVS Pharmacy. This service is an additional vaccination option and does not impact the vaccination efforts of BRHD.
Earlier this week, BRHD notified individuals 65+ of this new CVS opportunity to let them know they are eligible but this is just one avenue for vaccination. Individuals who previously completed a BRHD survey for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will remain on the waitlist as vaccinations extend to the rest of Phase 1B. While this additional vaccination option is exciting, COVID-19 vaccines remain limited. Therefore, BRHD and CVS Pharmacy will continue to have limited appointment availability. As options for getting a COVID-19 vaccine increase over the coming months, BRHD will continue to provide updates on vaccinations through other pharmacies, primary care providers, federally qualified health centers, etc.
CVS COVID-19 vaccine appointments need to be scheduled directly online at https://cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or by calling 1-800-746-7287. Do not call your local pharmacy.
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