"Our mission is to protect, preserve and promote optimum health for the community through excellence in public health service."
Alexander Samuel MD MPH
Chesterfield Health District
The Chesterfield Health District is committed to continuing the fight against COVID-19 in the localities we serve. Currently, we are vaccinating Phases 1A, 1B, 1C and 2. It is important that everyone in Phases 1A, 1B, 1C and 2 get pre-registered. In some communities, it could be days, not weeks, until you are contacted to schedule an appointment for your vaccine. If you fall in these groups and have not received an invitation to schedule an appointment, make sure you are pre-registered and your information is up-to-date by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA.
If you are pre-registered, please be sure to check your Email and answer your phone. These are the ways you will be contacted to schedule you for a vaccination.
J&J VACCINE UPDATE - April 13, 2021
Today the CDC and FDA released a joint statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution due to six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine. To date, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
Following guidance from the FDA, CDC, and the Virginia Department of Health, the Chesterfield Health District (CHD) will pause all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice. CHD has no J&J PODs currently scheduled in April. We will be providing either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
The pause on using Johnson & Johnson will not impact the Pfizer and Moderna appointments scheduled during the month of April through the health district, nor the Pfizer and Moderna appointments scheduled through our partners.
This news is understandably concerning for individuals who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine recently. According to the CDC, all six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48 with symptoms occurring 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Although serious, this adverse event has been reported in very few individuals, and millions of adults have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safely. This safety concern has not been seen in other vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. The CDC recommends adults who have received the vaccine to contact a healthcare provider if they experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.
Chesterfield Health District’s top priority is the health and safety of our communities. CHD will continue to provide updates on this matter when there is new information.
Chesterfield Health District Is Currently Vaccinating
- Long-term care facilities
- Non-Hospital healthcare workers
- Persons 65 and Over
- Persons 16 to 64 with High Risk Medical Condition or Disability
- Frontline Essential Workers
- Corrections and Homeless Shelter Workers
- Childcare/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff (public and private)
- Food and Agriculture (including veterinarians)
- Grocery Store Workers
- Public Transit Workers
- Mail Carriers (USPS and Private)
- Officials needed to maintain continuity of government (including judges and public-facing judicial workers)
- Clergy/Faith Leaders
- Janitorial/Cleaning staff
Other Essential Workers
- Water, Wastewater, and Waste Removal (including recycling removal)
- Housing and Construction
- Food Service
- Transportation and Logistics
- Institutions of Higher Education Faculty / Staff
- Information Technology & Communications
- Legal Services
- Public Safety (including engineers)
- Other Public Health Workers
- Barbers, Stylists, Hairdressers
- Anyone 16 Years of Age and Older interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine is now eligible!
Vaccine supplies within the Commonwealth are increasing. If you qualify to receive a vaccine within Phase 1B, please pre-register through the State-wide Vaccine Pre-registration system at vaccine.virginia.gov or by phone by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 8AM to 8PM 7 days a week. The timeframe between pre-registering for a vaccine and being contacted to schedule an appointment is expected to decrease significantly.
Vaccine supplies within the Commonwealth are increasing. If you qualify to receive a vaccine within Phase 1C, please pre-register through the State-wide Vaccine Pre-registration system at vaccine.virginia.gov or by phone by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 8AM to 8PM 7 days a week.
Anyone over the age of 16 interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine is now eligible. Please pre-register through the State-wide Vaccine Pre-registration system at vaccine.virginia.gov or by phone by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) 8AM to 8PM 7 days a week.
Discontinuing Community COVID-19 Testing
As multiple community partners have ramped up COVID-19 testing throughout our district, our percentage of the testing total has become inconsequential. Coupled with significantly less demand for testing, plunging positivity rates, and the need to redirect critical resources toward the vaccination mission, Chesterfield Health District will cease our small part of the district community testing effort after the end of February. You may visit the following website for testing sites in your area.
Please reschedule your appointment if you or your child are experiencing: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose.
BEFORE YOUR VISIT