ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Some health districts in southwest and central Virginia will transition into Phase 1b in distributing COVID vaccination on Monday, Jan. 11.
The following health districts will begin Phase 1b vaccinations next week:
- Cumberland Plateau
- Lord Fairfax
- Mount Rogers
- New River
- Prince William
- Roanoke County/Allegheny
“Phase 1b” priority groups include frontline essential workers, people 75 years or older,
and those living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.
Phase 1b includes these frontline essential workers:
- Police, fire, hazmat
- Corrections and homeless shelter workers
- Childcare/K-12 teachers/staff
- Food and agriculture
- Grocery store workers
- Public transit workers
- Mail carriers (USPS and private)
“It will take time, patience, and flexibility for everyone who is in Phase 1b and whoDr. Cynthia Morrow, RCAHD Health Director
wants the COVID-19 vaccine to be able to receive it. This will not happen overnight.
There is a great deal of planning and logistical work that still needs to be done to ensure
that not only are we optimizing how many vaccines we can get into the arms of
Virginians in our health districts, but that we are doing so in a way that ensures that
health equity among those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. Because of
differences in jurisdictions within our health districts, some areas may move into Phase
1b faster than others.”
In December 2020, RCAHD began offering closed “point of dispensing” COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for “Phase 1a” priority groups which includes healthcare personnel with direct contact or a high risk of contact with COVID-19 positive patients. Phase 1a also includes long-term care residents and staff that are being vaccinated through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
Virginians who do not fall into these early priority categories will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes more widely available. Once the vaccine is rolled out to the general public, distribution will be similar to the flu vaccine.
More information about who is eligible and what phase Virginia is in will be available at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.
RCAHD would like to remind the public that “while these vaccines are a light at the end of the tunnel, now is not the time to let down our guard,” and continue wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing hands frequently.
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