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Virginia has made significant progress with COVID vaccinations, with more than 2 million doses administered. Even so, there are still simply not enough doses available yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia is not likely to meet the demand for Phase 1b until April.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is in Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility. This means that approximately 50% of our population is now eligible, including frontline essential workers, people aged 65 years and older, people with high-risk medical conditions identified by the CDC, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps. Other than the healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a, those in Phase 1b are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 or serious illness if infected.
The Commonwealth of Virginia recently launched a Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System for individuals and for people who qualify for Phase 1B based on their work role. At this time we are asking that eligible individuals and essential workers in Virginia pre-register at vaccinate.virginia.gov or 877-VAX-IN-VA. To protect employee health information and promote equity among employees of many types of businesses and organizations, employees are no longer being pre-registered through employers.
The new central Vaccinate Virginia phone number, 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Service is available immediately in English and Spanish, with real-time interpreter services available in any of more than 100 languages as needed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following previous authorization for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. All three vaccines are safe and virtually eliminate the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19. While there are a variety of differences between the three vaccines, the most important is that Johnson & Johnson only requires one dose rather than the two doses required by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
The Virginia Department of Health does not endorse one COVID-19 vaccine over another. We encourage everyone to take the first vaccine available.
Executive Order 72 maintains the 10-person limit on social gatherings, the requirement to wear masks in public places, guidelines for businesses, and other provisions. It is essential to continue these mitigation strategies even by people who are vaccinated.
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Have a question? Please email: ASKRRHD@vdh.virginia.gov
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