UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: The Pittsylvania/Danville Health District (PDHD) and the Southside Health District (SSHD) joined the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts in announcing plans to expand vaccination efforts to Phase 2.
Starting on Monday, April 5, health officials say all individuals in the PDHD and SSHD age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are pleased to begin offering appointments to all members of general public in Pittsylvania/Danville Health District and Southside Health District that have pre-registered,” said Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the PDHD and SSHD. “However, those with the highest risk will continue to receive priority in the scheduling process.”
As of Friday, April 2, nearly 30,000 people in the PDHD and more than 23,000 people in the SSHD have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while more than 14,500 in the PDHD and nearly 12,500 in the SSHD are fully vaccinated.
Everyone interested in receiving a vaccination is encouraged to pre-register at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).
When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, you are asked to follow these guidelines at the vaccination site:
- Appointments are required at all locations for COVID-19 vaccination in our area, which means walk-ins will not be accepted. Please pre-register to be contacted for an appointment.
- Plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to avoid causing backups.
- Wear “vaccine ready” clothing with easy access to your upper arm.
“In the meantime, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention,” the PDHD and the SSHD said in a statement on Friday. “Continue to protect yourself and others: cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often, stay at least six feet away from others and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household.”
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Just one day after declaring an expansion to Phase 1c of vaccination, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) announced plans to start inviting pre-registered residents in Phase 2 to set up vaccination appointments next week.
Health officials attributed this decision to the current demand and increasing supply of COVID-19 vaccine.
However, before opening vaccination to the “General Population residents” registered in Phase 2 on Monday, April 5, the health districts encourage all Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands residents in Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c to use the clinic links sent to them to register for an appointment.
If you are a Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c eligible resident living within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts and have had any difficulty scheduling an appointment to receive your first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, email RCAHDCovidResponse@vdh.virginia.gov or call a dedicated first-dose hotline at (540) 613-6597 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
After assuring they prioritized appointments to RCAHD Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c residents, health officials say they will send invitations on Monday to RCAHD residents pre-registered in Phase 2 on vaccinate.virginia.gov.
“Phase 1a of vaccination includes health care personnel and those in long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes those 65 and older, frontline essential workers and people age 16-64 with an underlying medical condition that puts them at increased risk of severe illness. Phase 1c includes other essential workers. Phase 2 includes the General Population ages 16 and older. All phases are identified in detail at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.”Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
RCAHD will reportedly continue to prioritize vaccination for anyone in Phase 1a, 1b and 1c who registers to receive it. In addition, although eligibility guidelines will soon expand to the general population, health officials say walk-ins will not be accommodated and all citizens must continue to pre-register for an appointment.
“To date, more than 138,000 first and second doses of vaccine have been administered in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, RCAHD health director, in a statement on Friday, April 2. “Vaccine supplies have increased significantly. We expect to distribute at least 9,000 first and second doses next week.”
The health districts say vaccines are available by pre-registration and appointment. When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, you are asked to follow these guidelines at the vaccination site:
- Plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time to avoid causing backups.
- Appointments are required at all locations for COVID-19 vaccination in our area. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Please pre-register to be contacted for an appointment.
- Remember to continue wearing a mask and social distancing outside your household, as well as washing your hands.
Even if you are not currently eligible to receive your vaccine, any Virginian interested in receiving a vaccine is encouraged to pre-register by clicking here or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.
After you pre-register through the state site, health officials say you will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated.