Eastern Shore Health District

Eastern Shore Health District

Our mission is to prevent illness and disease, protect the environment, and promote optimal health and emergency preparedness for everyone on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We are people of the community, for the community.

Our vision is to drive Virginia's Eastern Shore to the peak of personal, environmental, and community health, setting an example for others to follow.

Virginia COVID Information Center

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • 8am-8pm

Eastern Shore Health District is currently vaccinating Accomack and Northampton residents in Phase 1b

The Statewide Pre-Registration System for the COVID-19 vaccine is live!  Please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to pre-register for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine.

All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their current status in the queue, and will be able to search that they are in the new system.


If you are within this group, check with your employer about vaccination - each employer within this group should have one contact person reach out to Laurie Laird at 757-787-5880 or Laurie.Laird@vdh.virginia.gov to provide information for your organization members to be
If you are an individual age 65+ or 16-64 with an underlying medical condition and not included in an essential worker group, please contact your physician's office to schedule vaccination - both Riverside physician's offices and Eastern Shore Rural Health centers are providing vaccine to Accomack and Northampton citizens in these groups.
Frontline Essential Workers by Order of Vaccination Planning

Because there is not sufficient supply at this time to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1b at the same time, local health districts will reach out to engage the Frontline Essential Worker groups in vaccination planning in the following order: 

  1. Police, Fire, and Hazmat
  2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  3. Childcare/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff (public and private)
  4. Food and Agriculture (including veterinarians)
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Grocery store workers
  7. Public transit workers
  8. Mail carriers (USPS and private)
  9. Officials needed to maintain continuity of government (including judges and public facing judicial workers)
                                                                                                     For Immediate Release            January 13, 2021           Contact: Jon Richardson (757) 787-5880

             Eastern Shore Health District Will Expand COVID-19 Vaccination to “Phase 1b” Recipients

(Accomac, Va.) – Beginning Wednesday, January 13, the Virginia Department of Health’s  Eastern Shore Health District (ESHD), in partnership with Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. (ESRHS) and Riverside Medical System (Riverside), will begin to provide COVID-19 vaccines to additional groups of recipients identified as “Phase 1b.” These include police, fire and hazmat response personnel, those 75 or over, childcare/K-12 teachers and staff, those living and working in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps, food, agriculture and aquaculture workers, manufacturers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and mail carriers (USPS and private).

“We have nearly completed the first round of Phase 1a vaccinations. We will now be focusing on Phase 1b, prioritizing those at highest risk for negative health outcomes and members of our community with the highest risk of exposure,” said Chief Operating Officer Jon Richardson, of the Eastern Shore Health District.

Many Phase 1b recipients will get their vaccine through clinics where they work or live and do not need to seek vaccine independently. For those age 75 and over, please contact your primary care provider to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccine. If you are 75 years of age or over and do not have a primary care provider, ESRHS will give you a vaccine. ESRHS will start making appointments today, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 and Riverside will start making appointments on Thursday, January, 14, 2021. Over the next several weeks, ESHD will be contacting smaller and independent businesses and anyone NOT affiliated with a clinic at work or where they live and in Phase 1b to set one up for you.

For many weeks now, ESHD has been collaborating with our partners at Riverside and ESRH to deliver vaccines to the Eastern Shore community. That work will continue as we strive to get vaccines administered as quickly and safely as possible. We anticipate it will take several weeks to work our way through vaccinating Phase1b individuals while simultaneously administering the second dose to 1a individuals.

If you are an individual who falls into one of the Phase 1b groups identified by type of employment, please seek information from your employer for your vaccination plan. Employers falling into 1b who do not have a plan in place yet for your employees and have not heard from ESHD may contact us at 757-787-5880 to coordinate a vaccination clinic for your employees.

Receiving the vaccine for COVID-19 does not mean life goes back to pre-pandemic times. It is still extremely important to wear a mask, social distance and practice good hand hygiene. Even after receiving the vaccine, it will remain important to continue masking, maintaining social distancing and avoiding crowded areas until we see case counts drop in the coming months and public health authorities indicate it is safe to relax protective measures.

We ask that you be patient with us as we work through the priority groups and get to each person who desires vaccination as soon as possible; we are devoting every available resource to this effort.  We are aware of the announcement yesterday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and those recommendations are currently under review at the state level.

For more information about Virginia’s Phase 1b COVID-19 vaccination efforts, visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.


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