January 26, 2021
Media Contact: Brookie Crawford, public information officer, Central Region, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chesterfield Health District Launches Online Pre-Registration Tool for COVID-19 Vaccine
(CHESTERFIELD, Va.) — Today the Virginia Department of Health’s Chesterfield Health District announced an online tool for those individuals in Phase 1a or 1b who wish to pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The tool DOES NOT RESERVE A VACCINE OR CREATE AN APPOINTMENT, but it does collect contact information, so that when vaccine is available, VDH can contact you to make an appointment.
Friends and family members are encouraged to assist those with limited or no computer resources. ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You can still pre-register using our hotline at (804) 318-8207. However, phone systems have been, and likely will continue to be, completely overwhelmed, so please pre-register online if at all possible.
Vaccine demand is extraordinarily high and supplies are significantly limited. Those who provide their contact information may not receive a return call or email for days or weeks, and may not get a vaccine appointment for weeks or even months.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work quickly and efficiently to get the vaccine into the arms of our residents.” Dr. Alexander Samuel, Chesterfield Health District Director said. “This new tool will help us expedite the process. It is critical that as many residents as possible use the online tool. If you are not computer savvy, please ask a friend, a relative, or a neighbor to help you. The tool will gather the contact information for those ready and willing to get their vaccine, so that when a new clinic is open, we can quickly notify individuals to make an appointment. It will be a two-step process.”
ONCE YOU ARE PRE-REGISTERED, PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL TO CHECK YOUR STATUS. Please be patient. You will be contacted as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Please do not pre-register multiple times or leave multiple messages. Doing so will only cause delays or prevent others from getting a vaccine.
VDH and its partner agencies are vaccinating Virginians in Phases 1a and 1b, defined in detail at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine, addressing multiple categories within each phase, simultaneously, according to priorities set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and VDH. This vaccine campaign is the largest in more than 100 years and the most ambitious vaccination campaign in our country’s history. It is expected to take months to complete Phases 1a and 1b.
In the meantime, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others: cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household and get a flu shot.
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