Virginia expands COVID-19 vaccination workforce, creates additional pathway to enlist volunteers

Coronavirus

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam has announced several efforts which are aimed at increasing Virginia’s vaccinator workforce to support the continued expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Commonwealth, including a new initiative to recruit eligible individuals interested in administering vaccines.

“Last year, we issued a call for 30,000 medical and non-medical volunteers to join the fight against COVID-19, and I am proud that over 35,000 Virginians have since stepped forward to assist through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our health care providers and volunteer vaccinators, Virginia is administering an average of nearly 67.000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each day and has given over 3.8 million shots to date. By further expanding our vaccinator workforce, we can build on this momentum and ensure we have additional vaccination capacity as supply increases and more individuals become eligible to receive the vaccine.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

Health care providers who are now authorized to administer the vaccine in Virginia include, but are not limited to:

  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Veterinarians
  • Optometrists
  • Health Professions Students enrolled in an accredited Virginia program

Eligible providers may serve as vaccinators if they have the appropriate training and meet the supervision requirements.

All COVID-19 vaccine providers are responsible for ensuring that individuals who administer shots at their site are authorized by law to do so.

Eligible health care providers may register to volunteer as a COVID-19 vaccinator either through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) or the newly-established Virginia Volunteer Vaccinator Registry by clicking here.

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