Central Virginia, West Piedmont health districts now in COVID-19 vaccination Phase 2


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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday morning, Lynchburg officials learned from Dr. Kerry Gateley, Health Director for the Central Virginia Health District (CVHD), that the CVHD is now in Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations.

According to the statement released by the City of Lynchburg on Tuesday, April 6, Phase 2 for the CVHD means everyone age 16 and older who lives or works in Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, or Lynchburg is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Although about a dozen health districts around Virginia are moving into Phase 2 this week, the Commonwealth as a whole is not expected to move into Phase 2 until April 18.

“I can’t say I’m surprised at what has been accomplished and at our ability to move ahead to Phase 2,” said Dr. Wendy Wilcoxson with the Central Virginia Regional Vaccination Task Force. “This is a massive accomplishment that impacts the lives of more than 250,000 people. There is still work to been done, but we are well on our way.”

According to Dr. Gateley, more than 119,000 vaccinations have already been administered around the CVHD.

“The time is now for everyone who wants to be vaccinated to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Gateley. “We have adequate supplies of the vaccine and now that we are in Phase 2, I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Residents in the CVHD are encouraged to call the new phone center at (434) 455-5889 to make an appointment to receive a vaccine. Officials say the phone center is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents can also visit www.vacinatecentralva.org for more information and clinic schedules.

In addition, the West Piedmont Public Health District — of which Dr. Gateley is also health director — announced on Monday, April 5 that it has entered Phase 2.

This means anyone age 16 or older from Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties, as well as the City of Martinsville, will be able to get the vaccine.

If you want to pre-register for a vaccine or update your pre-registration record, click here or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).

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