April 2, 2021
Media Contact: Liza de la Cruz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk Department of Public Health Will Expand COVID-19 Vaccination to “Phase 1c and Phase 2” Recipients
(Norfolk, Va.) — The Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) will expand COVID-19 vaccination clinics to those who are eligible in Phase 1c beginning on Friday, April 2, 2021. In addition, the Norfolk Health district will offer vaccinations to all Norfolk residents ages 16 and up on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Phase 1c includes those from the following industries:
- Water, wastewater, and waste removal workers (includes recycling removal workers)
- Housing and Construction
- Food Service
- Transportation and Logistics
- Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff
- Information Technology & Communication
- Legal Services
- Public Safety (engineers)
- Other Public Health Workers
- Barbers, Stylists, Hairdressers
We will continue to vaccinate anyone in Phase 1 (such as health care workers, first responders, those ages 65 and older, persons 16-64 with chronic medical conditions, K-12 faculty/staff and childcare providers) who registers to receive it. An overlap of vaccine phases will occur to ensure people in each phase are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Everyone interested in receiving a vaccination should preregister at vaccinate.virginia.gov calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Be sure to check your email daily if you preregistered using an email address. All appointment emails will come from Vaccination Clinics: email@example.com. If you have preregistered using a phone number, be sure to answer and respond to the call. If you miss a call from VDH, you will be contacted again to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Be aware of scammers. You WILL NOT be asked to provide your social security number, insurance ID, or pay to receive the vaccine.
When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, please follow these guidelines at the clinic site:
- Appointments are required at all locations for COVID-19 vaccines. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
- Plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Too many people arriving too early could lead to backups or delays.
- Wear a facemask and wear “vaccine ready” clothing (easy access to your upper arm).
While vaccine supply is increasing, it remains limited. We ask for patience 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 excited to open up the vaccination clinics to the next group of essential workers,” said Norfolk Chief Operating Officer, Paul Brumund. “This transition into Phase 1c will allow the health district to move to Phase 2 and start vaccinating the general population by Sunday, April 4.”
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.
You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.
# # #