MARION, Va. (WFXR) — Health districts in far southwest Virginia have announced they have begun COVID-19 vaccinating of individuals between the age of 16-64 who have an underlying health condition.
These efforts begin Monday, March 1 for residents in the following health districts: Mount Rogers, Cumberland Plateau, and Lenowisco.
“Those 16-64 with underlying medical conditions have been part of Phase 1b. However, we have not yet had sufficient vaccine to open to this population. With the increase in vaccine allocation through state allocation and federal pharmacy partnerships, and based on the number of vaccines already given to the 65 and older population, we have determined that there is sufficient vaccine at this time to begin vaccinating this population. We are thrilled to be able to offer vaccine to this population at this time.”Dr. Karen Shelton, Health Director
Those who are age 65 and older will still be prioritized for the vaccine, as will eligible frontline essential workers. Health department clinics and many community partners are working off the pre-registration list to contact eligible individuals for appointments. To pre-register, click here or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) for help with registering.
Pfizer is authorized for those 16 and older. It is important to note that Moderna is only authorized for those 18 and older, so some sites may not be able to accommodate those under the age of 18 due to the type of vaccine available.
Those who have specific medical concerns or conditions should discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with their healthcare provider.
Those who are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 or who have another illness with a fever are not eligible for the vaccine until these conditions are resolved. Those who have had COVID-19 and have received monoclonal antibodies or plasma treatment are not eligible for the vaccine until 90 days after treatment.
For additional information about underlying medical conditions, click here.
For information about COVID-19 vaccination, click here.
In our area, counties included in the Mount Rogers Health District include Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe counties and the City of Galax.