RHHD OFFERS WALK UP COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AT VUU

MAY 6, 2021
Cat Long
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RHHD OFFERS WALK UP COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AT VUU

 

RICHMOND, VA - Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) have partnered with Virginia Union University (VUU) to offer walk-up Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination opportunities on Fridays over the next few weeks. Pre-registration or scheduling an appointment in advance is not required.

Adults and children 16 years and older who are accompanied by a guardian can attend one of the following vaccination events. All events will be held from 11:00am-3:00pm.

  • 1st dose on May 7th, 2nd dose on May 28th

  • 1st dose on May 14th, 2nd dose on June 4th

  • 1st dose on May 28th, 2nd dose on June 11th

“We are continuing to open up easier and more accessible vaccination opportunities in all of our communities,” explains Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager at RHHD. “We encourage anyone interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine to come out to an event!”

To learn about other COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in the Richmond and Henrico area, visit vax.rchd.com or call 804-205-3501.

About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.

 

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Richmond and Henrico Health Districts resume Johnson and Johnson vaccine use. 

April 30, 2021- Following the new FDA and CDC guidelines, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are resuming use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at their clinics —starting with the homebound vaccination program—on Friday, April 30th.

Although the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine’s possible side effect of thrombosis (blood clot) is serious, it impacts a very small portion of individuals—about 2 in a million vaccine doses. A review of all available data at this time shows that the J&J vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

Women younger than 50 years old should be aware of the rare but increased risk of this adverse event and that there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available (Pfizer and Moderna) for which this risk has not been seen. RHHD will continue to offer a choice of vaccine to our residents and ensure those choosing to receive J & J will get the updated information regarding the blood clot side effect.

RHHD highly recommends all three vaccines as safe and effective.

EASIER OPTIONS TO SCHEDULE A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT

RICHMOND, VA – Starting Monday, April 26th at 10:00 am, Richmond and Henrico residents are able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for RHHD events without pre-registering. Individuals interested in an appointment can schedule an appointment at vax.rchd.com or by calling 804-205-3501.

“We are no longer in the time of long lists and waiting by your phone to get an appointment,” explains Amy Popovich, Nurse Manager at Richmond and Henrico Health Districts. “This is a new era of getting COVID-19 vaccines.”

The decision to shift towards this easier scheduling system was made after RHHD contacted nearly all pre-registered individuals at least once. Schedulers will monitor the pre-registration list and will continue to contact every individual who fills out a pre-registration form. Although there are now easier ways to schedule an appointment, vaccine demand continues to outweigh supply in our area. Individuals who are not able to find an appointment immediately are encouraged to check back every couple of days. More information on other local COVID-19 vaccination opportunities can be found by visiting RHHD’s website (in English or Spanish) or by calling 804-205-3501.

“We are hopeful that this easier process reduces barriers to accessing vaccines for all of our communities,” says Jackie Lawrence, Director of Health Equity at Richmond and Henrico Health Districts.

About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.

 

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Cómo programar una cita para la vacuna de COVID-19 durante la Fase 2

30 de abril de 2021- Las vacunas de COVID-19 se ofrecen en más lugares ahora que el suministro está aumentando y la elegibilidad ahora incluye a todas las personas de 16 años en adelante. Ya no tiene que esperar a ser llamado por una lista de preinscripción ya que ahora puede programar una cita en línea o por teléfono.

Estos consejos pueden ayudarle a programar una cita para la vacuna, pero también podemos comunicarnos con usted si se registró previamente a través de su proveedor de atención médica, farmacia local, una comunidad religiosa u organización comunitaria con una oportunidad de vacunación. Recomendamos buscar la vacuna utilizando el método que sea mejor para usted y aprovechar la primera oportunidad que tenga para vacunarse.

Programe una cita en línea

Puede programar una cita para vacunación de COVID-19 en línea de dos maneras:

  1. Visite vax.rchd.com para programar una cita en un evento local de vacunas, o
  2. Visite vacunafinder.org para buscar la mayoría de los lugares que ofrecen la vacuna en su área. Primero, buscar por su código postal y elegir la distancia que está dispuesto a viajar (las opciones van de 1 milla a 50 millas). Luego, le mostrará un mapa de todas las ubicaciones que tienen la vacuna de COVID-19 disponible. Al hacer clic en una ubicación, lo lleva al sitio web de esa farmacia o proveedor, donde puede solicitarle que acceda a una herramienta de elegibilidad, elija en qué estado se encuentra y proporcione otros datos demográficos antes de mostrarle las citas abiertas.

Las citas se agregan a ambos sitios web con frecuencia, así que vuelva a consultar más tarde si no encuentra una cita de inmediato.

Ideal para: alguien que quiera programar su propia cita directamente en línea y no le importe pasar algún tiempo en diferentes sitios web antes de programar una cita. Desafortunadamente, los sistemas de registro solo están disponibles en inglés. Si necesita ayuda en otro idioma, programe su cita por teléfono.

Programe una cita por teléfono

Todas las personas de 16 años en adelante pueden programar una cita por teléfono. Llámenos al (804) 205-3501, de lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a  5 p.m., para programar una cita por teléfono.

Ideal para: cualquier persona que desee una cita y que prefiere esperar en el teléfono en lugar de pasar tiempo en varios sitios web.

 

Acércate a un evento

Puede llegar los miércoles sin cita previa hasta el George Wythe High School de 11 a.m. a 4 p.m. Todos los eventos sin cita previa ofrecerán la vacuna Johnson & Johnson, que está autorizada para personas de 18 años en adelante. Anticipamos tener suficiente vacuna disponible para vacunar a todos los que se acerquen, pero si se nos acaban, programaremos una cita para usted en el lugar.

Mejor para: Cualquiera que quiera presentarse para recibir la vacuna sin planificación previa y no le importe regresar un día diferente si las citas ya están llenas.

How To Schedule A COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment In Phase 2

COVID-19 vaccines are offered in more places now that supply is increasing and eligibility now includes everyone ages 16 and up. There are several options available for you to get an appointment scheduled! All of these options—and any future vaccine scheduling opportunities—can be found at vax.rchd.com.

Pre-register for an appointment with RHHD

Pre-register in advance at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) to be notified when there is an appointment available to you. When you visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA, you will go through a quick and easy series of demographic questions. You will not get an appointment immediately, but you will be placed on a list to be contacted when there is an appointment available for you at one of our vaccination events.

Best for: Someone who wants to talk to a person on the phone, doesn’t want to spend a lot of time searching on the internet, and regularly answers their phone or checks their email.

VaccineFinder

VaccineFinder.org allows you to look up most of the places that offer vaccines in your area. First, you search by your zip code and choose the distance you’re willing to travel (options range from 1 mile to 50 miles). Then, it will show you a map of all the locations that have COVID-19 vaccines in stock. Clicking on a location takes you to that pharmacy or provider’s website where it may ask you to go through an eligibility tool, choose which state you’re in, and provide some other demographic data before showing you open appointments. Locations that have vaccines in stock may not have open appointments, and you may want to check back frequently to find available appointments.

RHHD’s main offices will be listed on the map, although vaccines are not distributed out of those locations. When you select one of RHHD’s locations, you will be redirected to pre-register for an appointment.

Best for: Someone who wants to schedule their own appointment directly online and doesn’t mind spending some time on different websites before scheduling an appointment.

By phone

In Richmond and Henrico, adults ages 65+ and individuals who qualify as Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c can schedule an appointment over the phone. Call us at (804) 205-3501, Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm, to schedule an appointment on the phone.

Best for: Anyone who is 65+ years old or in Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c who has been waiting for an appointment and hasn’t received one yet.

These tips can help you search for a vaccine, but you may also be contacted by your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, a faith community, or community organization with a vaccine opportunity. We recommend seeking a vaccine using whichever method is best for you and taking the first opportunity you have to get vaccinated!

How to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Phase 2

April 30, 2021- COVID-19 vaccines are offered in more places now that supply is increasing and eligibility now includes everyone ages 16 and up. You no longer have to wait to be called off a pre-registration list and can now schedule an appointment online, over the phone, or walk in without an appointment at select locations.

These tips can help you schedule an appointment for a vaccine, but you may also be contacted by us if you pre-registered or by your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, a faith community, or community organization with a vaccine opportunity. We recommend seeking a vaccine using whichever method is best for you and taking the first opportunity you have to get vaccinated!

Schedule an appointment online

You can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online in two ways:

  1. Visit vax.rchd.com to schedule an appointment at a local vaccine event, or
  2. Visit vaccinefinder.org to look up most of the places that offer vaccines in your area. First, you search by your zip code and choose the distance you’re willing to travel (options range from 1 mile to 50 miles). Then, it will show you a map of all the locations that have COVID-19 vaccines in stock. Clicking on a location takes you to that pharmacy or provider’s website where it may ask you to go through an eligibility tool, choose which state you’re in, and provide some other demographic data before showing you open appointments.

Appointments are added to both of these sites frequently, so check back later if you don’t find an appointment right away.

Best for: Someone who wants to schedule their own appointment directly online and doesn’t mind spending some time on different websites before scheduling an appointment. Unfortunately, the registration systems are only available in English. If you would need assistance in another language, please schedule your appointment by phone.

Schedule an appointment by phone

Everyone ages 16+ can schedule an appointment over the phone. Call us at (804) 205-3501, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, to schedule an appointment over the phone.

Best for: Anyone who wants an appointment and would prefer to wait on the phone instead of spending time on multiple websites.

Walk up at an event

You can walk up on Wednesdays at George Wythe High School from 11 am to 4 pm. All walk-up events will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is authorized for individuals age 18 and older. We anticipate having enough vaccine available to vaccinate everyone who walks up, but if we run out we will schedule an appointment for you on-site.

Best for: Anyone who wants to show up for a vaccine without prior planning and doesn’t mind coming out on a different day if the appointments are already filled.

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico ponen en pausa vacunas de Johnson & Johnson

April 13, 2021- Hoy, los CDC y la FDA publicaron una declaración conjunta recomendando una pausa en el uso de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson por precaución debido a seis casos reportados en los EE. UU. de un tipo raro y severo de coágulos sanguíneos en individuos después de recibir la vacuna. Hasta la fecha, se han administrado más de 6,8 millones de dosis de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson en los EE. UU.

Siguiendo las recomendaciones de la FDA, los CDC y el Departamento de Salud de Virginia, los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico detendrán todo uso de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson hasta nuevo aviso. Esta pausa afectará tanto a nuestros eventos de vacunación como los eventos de redistribución de la vacuna por parte de nuestros colaboradores. RHHD tenía cuatro eventos de vacunación pequeños y móviles programados para usar la vacuna Johnson & Johnson, que se esperaba que al menos 750 personas fueran vacunadas. A todas las personas que tengan cita en una de estas clínicas se les ofrecerá la vacuna de Pfizer o Moderna; favor de presentarse a la hora que ya tenía programada su cita. Si tiene una cita en uno de estos eventos y tiene preguntas, puede llamar al centro de llamadas de RHHD al (804-205-3501).

RHHD también detendrá la vacunación de las personas confinadas en el hogar y pospondrá la iniciativa lanzada recientemente para proporcionar vacunas sin cita previa a las personas mayores. Ambos programas basados en la administración de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson de dosis única. La pausa en el uso de Johnson & Johnson no impactará a las más de 25,000 citas de Pfizer y Moderna programadas durante el mes de abril a través del distrito de salud, ni las citas de Pfizer y Moderna programadas a través de nuestros colaboradores.

Esta noticia es comprensiblemente preocupante para las personas que han recibido recientemente la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson. Según los CDC, los seis casos ocurrieron en mujeres entre las edades de 18 y 48 años y los síntomas se presentaron de 6 a 13 días después de la vacunación. Aunque es grave, este evento adverso se ha presentado en muy pocas personas y millones de adultos han recibido la vacuna Johnson & Johnson de manera segura. Este problema no se ha observado en otras vacunas actualmente autorizadas para su uso en los EE. UU. Los CDC han recomendado que los adultos que hayan recibido la vacuna se pongan en contacto con un proveedor de atención médica si experimentan dolor de cabeza intenso, dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas o dificultad para respirar dentro de las tres semanas después de haber recibido la vacuna.

La prioridad principal del Departamento de salud de Richmond y Henrico es la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades. RHHD continuará proporcionando actualizaciones sobre este asunto cuando haya nueva información.

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Richmond and Henrico Health Districts pause all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

April 13, 2021- Today the CDC and FDA released a joint statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution due to six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine. To date, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S.

Following guidance from the FDA, CDC, and the Virginia Department of Health, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will pause all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice. This pause will affect both our own vaccination events and our redistribution partners. RHHD had four upcoming small or mobile vaccination events scheduled to use Johnson & Johnson, which were expected to vaccinate fewer than 750 individuals. Everyone with an appointment at one of these clinics will instead be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; please arrive at your scheduled appointment time. If you have an appointment at one of these events and have questions, you can call the RHHD call center (804-205-3501). 

RHHD will also pause vaccinating homebound individuals and postpone a recently-launched initiative to provide walk-up vaccinations to seniors. Both of these programs relied on the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The pause on using Johnson & Johnson will not impact the more than 25,000 Pfizer and Moderna appointments scheduled during the month of April through the health district, nor the Pfizer and Moderna appointments scheduled through our partners.

This news is understandably concerning for individuals who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine recently. According to the CDC, all six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48 with symptoms occurring 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Although serious, this adverse event has been reported in very few individuals, and millions of adults have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safely. This safety concern has not been seen in other vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. The CDC recommends adults who have received the vaccine to contact a healthcare provider if they experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination. 

RHHD’s top priority is the health and safety of our communities. RHHD will continue to provide updates on this matter when there is new information.

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Abierta ya la fase 2 en Richmond y Henrico!

A partir del 9 de abril, los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico comenzarán a abrir citas para los residentes en la Fase 2, que incluye a cualquier persona de 16 años o más. Este es un paso importante en nuestra lucha contra la pandemia, y agradecemos la paciencia que muchos de ustedes han demostrado al nosotros enfocar los primeros meses de nuestros esfuerzos de vacunación en nuestros residentes más vulnerables. Si bien vacunar a muchos de nuestros vecinos aún llevará tiempo, todo el personal de los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico están encantados de poder ofrecer la vacuna a cualquier persona de 16 años o más que quiera recibirla en las próximas semanas y meses.

¿Por qué decidimos pasar a la Fase 2?

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico actualmente pueden suministrar vacunas a muchas farmacias, clínicas y proveedores de atención primaria en toda nuestra región, así como ofrecer citas a través de nuestros propios eventos de vacunación masiva, centros comunitarios y clínicas móviles. Los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico continuarán dando prioridad a la vacunación de personas en las Fases 1a, 1b y 1c que se hayan preinscrito a través de Vaccinate Virginia y ofrecerán citas disponibles para cualquier persona preinscrita. Sin embargo, nuestro número actual de dosis puede acomodar citas adicionales más allá del número de personas en la Fase 1 que se han preinscrito, por lo que estamos abriendo la Fase 2 para servir a la comunidad en general. Lea a continuación para obtener más información sobre cómo se distribuirán las dosis entre estos diferentes grupos de la Fase 1 y Fase 2.

Cualquier persona en cualquier fase que no se haya preinscrito para la vacuna debe ir a vaccinate.virginia.gov y preinscribirse de inmediato. La preinscripción toma cinco minutos y asegurará que tenga una cita disponible en las próximas semanas, aunque también puede optar por buscar una cita localizando un proveedor en Vaccine Finder. Todos los residentes de Richmond y Henrico deben tomar la cita de vacunación que se les ofrezca primero, ya sea a través del Distrito de Salud, un proveedor de atención primaria, una farmacia o uno de nuestros colaboradores.

¿Cómo se priorizarán las citas de vacunas ahora que más personas son elegibles?

Si bien ahora estamos abriendo citas para las personas en la Fase 2, aún no hemos vacunado a todos los residentes que están en las Fases 1a, 1b o 1c. En las próximas semanas, continuaremos asignando un porcentaje de nuestras dosis disponibles a residentes de 65 años o más, trabajadores esenciales y personas con condiciones subyacentes en las Fases 1a y 1b, y trabajadores esenciales de la Fase 1c, con las dosis restantes asignadas para la Fase 2. A medida que vacunamos a más personas en la Fase 1, el porcentaje de dosis dedicadas a la Fase 2 aumentará semana a semana.

Las dosis disponibles se ofrecerán a través de citas en nuestros eventos de vacunación a gran escala, centros comunitarios, eventos móviles que atienden a comunidades con prioridad y otros colaboradores como farmacias y proveedores de atención primaria.

Actualmente nuestros suministros de vacunas nos permite ofrecer citas a los residentes y hemos asignado un 15% de las dosis a personas de 65 años o más, un 15% a personas en las Fases 1a y 1b, un 35% a los trabajadores esenciales de la Fase 1c, y el otro 35% de dosis asignadas a las personas en la Fase 2. Sin embargo, si el suministro de vacunas se limita temporalmente en el futuro, los departamentos de salud estatales y locales continuarán asegurándose de que los residentes con mayor riesgo sean atendidos primero. Si el suministro es limitado, los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico y nuestros colaboradores revisarán una serie de factores para garantizar que aquellos que tienen más probabilidades de enfermarse gravemente si se infectan, vivan en comunidades donde la carga de infección sea mayor o se enfrenten a otras barreras importantes como recibir atención equitativa tengan acceso prioritario a la vacuna. Los factores de priorización incluirán (según corresponda):

  • Edad (los residentes de edad avanzada serán vacunados antes)
  • Raza y origen étnico (los residentes negros, hispanos / latinos e indígenas estadounidenses o nativos de Alaska recibirán prioridad)
  • Carga de enfermedad (infección, hospitalización y tasas de muerte) en el área donde vive una persona
  • Puntaje del Índice de Vulnerabilidad Social (SVI) del área donde vive una persona
  • Nivel de exposición laboral.

¿Cómo acomodaremos a tantas personas que buscan la vacuna una vez que la Fase 2 esté abierta?

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico se están asociando con una rica red de proveedores que ofrecerán la vacuna a sus pacientes, así como a la comunidad en general. Los proveedores incluirán farmacias, proveedores de atención primaria, clínicas especializadas para pacientes ambulatorios, sistemas de salud, centros de atención de urgencia y clínicas de redes de seguridad.

El creciente número de proveedores comunitarios hará posible que los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico se concentren en nuestras comunidades más vulnerables donde los residentes pueden tener acceso limitado a la tecnología o el transporte que necesitan para registrarse y recibir la vacuna. Continuaremos asociándonos con comunidades religiosas y organizaciones de servicios locales para apoyar los centros comunitarios, así como clínicas de vacunación móviles adicionales según sea necesario.

También continuaremos celebrando eventos a gran escala en Richmond Raceway, George Wythe High School y otros lugares de la región para el público en general, lo que garantizará espacio para miles de citas de vacunación por semana en promedio.

A medida que aumente el número de proveedores y residentes elegibles, nuestro proceso de registro también cambiará. En las próximas semanas, se lanzarán herramientas de registro actualizadas que harán posible que cualquier persona que desee la vacuna encuentre una cita en farmacias, supermercados, etc. sin esperar una llamada o correo electrónico del departamento de salud. También habrá un enlace disponible en nuestro sitio web donde cualquier persona elegible puede programar una cita directamente para uno de nuestros eventos.

Tenga la seguridad de que cualquier persona que haya completado el formulario de preinscripción será contactada por el departamento de salud, ya sea por correo electrónico o por teléfono, para garantizar que todos los que deseen la vacuna tengan la oportunidad.

¿Cómo puedo obtener la vacuna?

Cualquier persona interesada en recibir la vacuna debe completar el formulario de preinscripción en vaccinate.virginia.gov. Si ya se registró previamente, puede visitar el sitio Vaccinate Virginia en cualquier momento para confirmar su estatus y asegurarse de que su información esté completa y actualizada. Las personas preinscritas recibirán un correo electrónico con un enlace de registro o una llamada telefónica para programar una cita de vacunación. Si usted o alguien que conoce no puede preinscribirse a través del sitio web de Vaccinate Virginia, llame al 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) y un representante puede ayudarlo durante el proceso. La ayuda está disponible en inglés y español, con opciones de devolución de llamada en otros 100 idiomas.

Además, estamos trabajando en una herramienta para actualizar el registro de citas y que permitirá a las personas hacer una cita sin esperar un correo electrónico o una llamada telefónica del departamento de salud. Hasta que esa herramienta no se encuentre disponible, lo alentamos a que se preinscriba o utilice el Buscador de Vacunas para identificar proveedores cerca de usted que puedan tener dosis de vacunas disponibles y luego intente programar una cita en los sitios web de proveedores individuales.

En última instancia, la mejor cita para usted es la que se encuentre disponible primero, ¡así que aproveche la primera oportunidad que pueda para recibir la vacuna de COVID-19!

Phase 2 is now open in Richmond and Henrico! 

April 9, 2021: As of April 9, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will begin opening appointments for residents in Phase 2, which includes any person age 16 and older. This is a major milestone in our fight against the pandemic, and we appreciate the patience many of you have shown as we have focused the early months of our vaccination efforts on our most vulnerable residents. While vaccinating so many of our neighbors will still take time, the entire staff of Richmond and Henrico Health Districts is thrilled to be able to offer the vaccine to anyone age 16 and older who wants to receive it in the weeks and months ahead. 

 

Why did we decide to move on to Phase 2?

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts currently are able to supply vaccines to many pharmacies, clinics, and primary care providers throughout our region as well as offer appointments through our own mass vaccination events, Community Hubs, and mobile clinics. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will continue to prioritize vaccination for individuals in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1c who have pre-registered through Vaccinate Virginia and will offer available appointments to any pre-registered person. However, our current number of doses can accommodate additional appointments beyond the numbers of people in Phase 1 who have pre-registered, so we are opening up Phase 2 to serve the broader community. Read below for more on how doses will be allocated between these different Phase 1 and Phase 2 groups.

 

Anyone in any phase who has not pre-registered for the vaccine should go to vaccinate.virginia.gov and pre-register right away. Pre-registration takes five minutes and will ensure that an appointment is made available to you in the coming weeks, though you may also choose to pursue an appointment by locating a provider on Vaccine Finder. All Richmond and Henrico residents should take whichever vaccination appointment is offered to them first—whether through the Health District, a primary care provider, pharmacy, or one of our other partners. 

 

How will vaccine appointments be prioritized now that more people are eligible? 

While we are now opening appointments to people in Phase 2, we have not yet vaccinated all residents who are Phases 1a, 1b, or 1c. In the weeks ahead, we will continue to allocate a certain percentage of our available doses to residents 65+, essential workers and people with underlying conditions in Phases 1a and 1b, and Phase 1c essential workers, with the remaining doses allocated for Phase 2. As we vaccinate more people in Phase 1, the percentage of doses dedicated to Phase 2 will grow week by week. 

Available doses will be offered through appointments at our large-scale vaccination events, Community Hubs, mobile events serving priority communities, and partners such as pharmacies and primary care providers. 

Our current vaccine supply allows us to offer appointments to residents with 15% of doses allocated to individuals aged 65 and older, 15% allocated to individuals in Phases 1a and 1b, 35% of doses allocated to Phase 1c essential workers, and 35% allocated to individuals in Phase 2. However, if vaccine supply fluctuates or is temporarily limited in the future, state and local health departments will continue to ensure residents with the greatest risk are cared for first. If supply is limited, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts and our partners will review a number of factors to ensure that those who are most likely to become severely ill if infected, live in communities where the burden of infection is greatest, or face other significant barriers to equitable care have priority access to the vaccine. Prioritization factors will include (as relevant):

  • Age (older residents will be vaccinated sooner)
  • Race and ethnicity (Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and American Indian or Alaska Native residents will receive priority)
  • Burden of disease (infection, hospitalization, and death rates) in the area where a person lives
  • Social Vulnerability Index Score (SVI) of the area where a person lives 
  • Level of work-based exposure

 

How will we accommodate so many people seeking the vaccine once Phase 2 is open?

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are partnering with a rich network of providers who will offer the vaccine to their patients as well as the broader community. Providers will include pharmacies, primary care providers, outpatient specialty clinics, health systems, urgent care centers, and safety net clinics. 

The growing number of community providers will make it possible for Richmond and Henrico Health Districts to focus on our most vulnerable communities where residents may have limited access to the technology or transportation they need to register for and receive the vaccine. We will continue to partner with faith-based communities and local service organizations to stand up Community Hub sites as well as additional mobile vaccination clinics as needed.

We will also continue to hold large-scale events at the Richmond Raceway, George Wythe High School, and other locations throughout the region for the broader public, which will ensure space for thousands of vaccination appointments per week on average. 

As the number of providers and eligible residents increases, our registration process will also change. In the coming weeks, updated registration tools will launch that will make it possible for anyone who wants the vaccine to find an appointment at pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. without waiting for a call or email from the health department. A link will also be available on our website where any eligible person can schedule an appointment directly at one of our events. 

Rest assured, anyone who has filled out the pre-registration form will be contacted by the health department—either by email or by phone—to ensure that everyone who wants the vaccine is given the opportunity.

 

How do I get vaccinated?

Anyone interested in receiving a vaccination should fill out the pre-registration form at vaccinate.virginia.gov. If you have already pre-registered, you can visit the Vaccinate Virginia site anytime to confirm your status and ensure your information is complete and up to date. Pre-registered individuals will receive an email with a registration link or phone call to make a vaccination appointment. If you or someone you know is unable to pre-register through the Vaccinate Virginia website, call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) and a representative can help you through the process. Help is available in English and Spanish, with callback options in 100 other languages. 

Additionally, we are working on an updated appointment registration tool that will allow individuals to make an appointment without waiting for an email or phone call from the health department. Until that tool is available, we encourage you to pre-register or use Vaccine Finder to identify providers near you that may have available vaccine doses and then try to schedule an appointment on individual provider websites.

Ultimately, the best appointment for you is whichever one is available to you first, so please take the first opportunity you can to get the COVID-19 vaccine!