Pittsylvania-Danville, Southside health districts prepare for Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 18

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts will be joining other health districts in Virginia in entering “Phase 1b” of administering COVID-19 vaccinations next week.

Beginning, Monday, Jan. 18, the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts will begin conducting its closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents in the “Phase 1b” priority groups. 

Phase 1b is the second group eligible to receive the vaccine. Those included under Phase 1b are listed below:

  • Police, fire, and hazmat response personnel
  • Those living and working in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps
  • Childcare/K-12 teachers and staff
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers, mail carriers (USPS and private), and anyone age 65 or over
  • Individuals 16-64 years old with high-risk medical conditions

“We are pleased to move to the next phase and to be able to provide a safe and effective vaccine to more people. But, as we enter Phase 1b, we will begin administering the second doses to those in 1a. We ask everyone to please be patient as we recruit as many contract staff and volunteers as we can to help with this.”

Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts

Residents in Phase 1a will still be provided with opportunities to receive the vaccine.

Those who fall under Phase 1a or Phase 1b are required to bring a personal form of identification such as a driver’s license, and may also be asked to show proof of qualification, such as a work ID, in order to verify eligibility. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is not available to the general public and these are not public events.

Essential employees will be scheduled through their employers. Vaccination planning teams are reaching out to coordinate with employers in Phase 1b.

Individuals 65 years and older and those 16-64 years with high-risk medical conditions who live in Pittsylvania County-Danville Health District should call (434) 766-9828 and those individuals in Southside Health District should call (434) 738-6545 to schedule an appointment.

As availability of the vaccine increases, Virginia will move to the other phases. Phase 1c will include other essential workers. The complete definitions of all phases, data and other information, are on VDH’s Vaccine Response website. Anyone can use this brief eligibility tool to find out which vaccination phase they fall under.

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