Central Shenandoah Health District to move to Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations


FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is prepared at a vaccination center. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) will enter Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination efforts beginning Friday.

Starting on Friday, April 9, the health district says all individuals age 16 and over in Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer COVID-19 vaccine to the general population age 16 and up ahead of schedule. Though we are in Phase 2, we will continue to prioritize vaccine opportunities for those individuals in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1c.”

Central Shenandoah Health District Director Dr. Laura Kornegay

Health officials say the decision to move to Phase 2 was made based on current demand and increasing supply of COVID-19 vaccine.

Anyone interested in receiving a vaccination should pre-register or update their pre-registration record at www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

Aside from inviting pre-registered individuals to clinics, CSHD will also continue to post unfilled vaccine appointment slots on the CSHD website.

Currently, the CSHD is not accepting walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, about 155,430 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the CSHD, with approximately 65,000 people fully vaccinated to date.

Learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and the CDC’s website.

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