January 6, 2021
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Piedmont Health District Announces Start of Vaccination Campaign
(Farmville, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s Piedmont Health District announced the start of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on January 6. Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC provided recommendations based on guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to federal, state and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.
Currently, healthcare personnel are eligible for the vaccine (Phase 1a). Some examples of healthcare personnel are, but not limited to, emergency medical service staff, physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. Eligible healthcare personnel should contact their local health department to obtain a vaccination appointment at one of the following locations:
Amelia County Health Department (804) 561-2711
Buckingham County Health Department (434) 969-4244
Charlotte County Health Department (434) 542-5251
Cumberland County Health Department (804) 492-4661
Lunenburg County Health Department (434) 696-2346
Nottoway County Health Department (434) 645-7595
Prince Edward County Health Department (434) 392-8187
Phase 1a also includes long-term care residents and staff that are being vaccinated through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) anticipates Virginia expects to receive approximately 100,000 doses per week, comprised of 50,000 Moderna doses and 50,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses. Vaccine supplies are allocated monthly, and priority groups are designated by the CDC and its ACIP.
VDH will work to identify and vaccinate everyone who wishes to receive the vaccine, in order of the priority groups. As vaccine priority groups become eligible, announcements will be made through newspaper, radio and press releases of when and where you can obtain a vaccination.
Despite the good news about vaccines becoming available to various populations in the coming months, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention practices. Continue taking steps to protect yourself and others, such as covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often and staying at least six feet away from others.
You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.
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