Blue Ridge Health District moves into Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Beginning Monday, the Blue Ridge Health District, which includes Nelson County, will expand vaccination to “Phase 1b” priority groups at closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Phase 1b is the second group eligible to receive the vaccine. Those who fall under Phase 1b include:

  • Police, fire, and hazmat response personnel
  • Those living and working in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps
  • Childcare/K-12 teachers and staff
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers, mail carriers (USPS and private) and anyone age 65 or over.

This group also includes those individuals 16-64 years of age with an underlying health condition.

Individuals who fall under Phase 1a and have yet to receive the vaccine can still receive their first dose. These individuals will be required to bring a personal form of identification such as a driver’s license, and may also be asked to show proof of qualification, such as a work ID, in order to verify eligibility.

Additional PODs for Phase 1a are scheduled to continue vaccinating Phase 1a individuals while opening to vaccinate Phase 1b. Vaccine clinics are not open to the general public as public, walk-in events; appointments are required for everyone.

“We are pleased to provide a safe and effective vaccine to frontline healthcare workers, essential employees, and individuals over the age of 65, as well as those with high-risk health conditions. While the vaccine provides hope on the horizon, it will still be months before the vaccine is widely available publicly. It’s important to remember we are still very much in the trenches of this pandemic and we must continue to adhere to COVID-19 prevention practices.”

Dr. Denise Bonds, Blue Ridge Health District Director

Those eligible under Phase 1b in the Blue Ridge Health District (Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Greene, and Nelson counties) will be scheduled for vaccination in the following ways:

  • For frontline essential workers: Essential employees will be scheduled through their employers. Vaccination planning teams are reaching out to coordinate with employers in Phase 1b. Employers of Phase 1b essential workers can also submit this survey for their staff to be vaccinated.
  • For individuals: Individuals 65 years and older and individuals who are age 16-64 with high risk medical conditions who live in the Blue Ridge Health District can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in two different ways:
    • Individuals who are 65 years and older should complete this online survey. Individuals who complete this form will receive follow up communication to schedule an appointment as soon as available. Important Note: Anyone who has already completed the form is already accounted for and will receive an email within the next three days to schedule an appointment.
    • Individuals ages 16-64 with underlying health condition should complete this online survey. Individuals who complete this form will receive follow up communication to schedule an appointment as soon as available.

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