Peninsula Health District

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Virginia COVID Information Center

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • Mon-Sat 8am-6pm

Virginia COVID Information Center

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • 8am-8pm

If you have any questions or need assistance, you may call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you provided a phone number when you pre-registered, a representative can update your record for you over the phone. Service is available immediately in English and Spanish, with real-time interpreter services available in any of more than 100 languages as needed. TTY users may call 7-1-1.

Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment

If you have not yet been vaccinated, the steps to find a vaccine clinic and schedule an appointment are easy:

  1. Go to and enter your zip code. All locations offering a COVID-19 vaccine will populate your dashboard.
  2. Select a clinic with available vaccine, and check appointment availability.
  3. Follow the clinic instructions, and schedule your appointment.
  4. Arrive no earlier than 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, and bring a photo ID if you have one.
  5. Continue to check your locality and our own social media pages, as we will occasionally share clinic links to schedule appointments on our Facebook page.


  1. If you are in phase 2, are you no longer prioritizing phases 1a-1c?
    1. We have reached out to everyone pre-registered who identified as phase 1a-1c. If you did schedule a vaccine appointment, please do so now through one of the clinics available on vaccine finder.
  2. What if I received my first dose at the health department, but haven't heard anything about second dose scheduling?
    1. A link is sent out via email to everyone who came through our clinic for 1st doses 1-2 days prior to their 2nd dose clinic day. If you do not have an email, or the email was incorrect and sent back to us, you will receive a call. Please answer your phone. We are striving to hit that 28 day mark, but it may not be 28 days exactly. The CDC has stated that the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine is still viable up to 42 days, if necessary. This means the date we write on our patients' cards is the date in which you become eligible to receive your 2nd dose, not necessarily your 2nd dose clinic date. With vaccine allotment being limited, and inclement weather determining the receipt of the vaccine, a patient's 2nd dose vaccine clinic may be scheduled after the 28 day period. We have each patient's identifying information so no one should slip through the cracks. If you have not received an email or a phone call from us, and it is well before the 42 day mark, your 2nd dose clinic has yet to be scheduled.
  3. When am I considered fully vaccinated?
    1. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ± 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
  4. What can I do once I am fully vaccinated?
    1. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
    2. You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
      If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
      You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
      People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
  5. Any other questions are likely answered by VDH's FAQ:



For Peninsula Health District: Effectively Dec 30, 2021, Family Planning, Immunization and Sexual Transmitted Infections will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday only by same day appointment. Call 757-594-7400 for Family Planning, 757-594-7410 for Immunizations, 757-594-7164 for STI.

For Hampton Health District: Effectively Dec 30, 2021, Family Planning, Immunization and Sexual Transmitted Infections will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday only by same day appointment. Call (757) 727-1172, ext. 21703 for Family Planning, (757) 727-1172, ext. 21717 for Immunizations, (757) 727-1172, ext. 21708 for STI.

Health District Leadership

Dr. Natasha Dwamena, MD, MPH, FACOG
Michelle Cowling
Chief Operating Officer
Nicole Taylor-Baptist, MHA, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager Senior
Gary Hagy, MSEH
Environmental Health Manager
Kevin Pearce, MPA
Emergency Coordinator
  Martin Wheeler
Business Manager
Irene Ferrainolo, MPH
Population Health Manager
Cynthia Rieken, MPH
Laura Mulryan, RDN
WIC Program Coordinator
Nancy Lemis, RN

Our Mission
: Our mission is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people on the Virginia Peninsula.

Our Vision: The Virginia Department of Health focuses on healthy people in healthy communities with of vision to “become the healthiest state in the nation.”  The Hampton/Peninsula Health District adopted as their own to “become the healthiest cities and counties in the state.”

Our Values: Our work is guided by these core values: service; equity; and data informed decision-making.

Service: We value our role as crucial service providers to the people on the Virginia Peninsula and take pride in the quality of the service delivered.

Equity: We value the right of every citizen to receive equitable services from us free of discrimination.

Data Informed Decision-Making:  We value the use to accurate and unbiased data to guide us in defining needs, setting and prioritizing goals, planning programs and services, and monitoring progress.

HPHD Strategic Plan 2018

HPHD Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

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