RHHD OFFERS WALK UP COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AT VUU

MAY 6, 2021
Cat Long
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RHHDpr@vdh.virginia.gov
804-363-0933

 

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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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.

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! 

Proceso de registro para la vacuna de COVID-19 más fácil para personas mayores

17 de marzo del 2021: Las personas de 65 años o más que viven en la ciudad de Richmond o el condado de Henrico ya no tienen que esperar un correo electrónico o una llamada telefónica para programar una cita para recibir la vacuna de COVID-19. Las personas mayores ahora pueden llamar a la línea directa COVID-19 de los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico (804-205-3501) de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a. m. a 5:00 p. m. para así directamente programar una cita.

Este cambio en el proceso de registro se estableció después de que los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico (RHHD) llamaran o enviaran un correo electrónico a casi todas las personas mayores que se preinscribieron para recibir la vacuna de COVID-19. RHHD ahora está abriendo líneas telefónicas para facilitar el proceso a las personas mayores en nuestra área que aún no han recibido su vacuna de COVID-19.

“Hemos escuchado de personas mayores frustradas que han perdido nuestras llamadas ya que no es sostenible para ellos vivir sus vidas junto a su teléfono”, explica Amy Popovich, directora de enfermería de RHHD. “Tenemos la esperanza de que eliminar algunos pasos en el proceso de registro nos ayude a vacunar a más personas mayores y haga que el proceso sea más fácil para todos”.

Aunque la línea directa cuenta con personal por las tardes y los fines de semana para responder preguntas generales, las personas mayores deben llamar durante las horas establecidas que son (de lunes a viernes, de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.) para programar su cita.

Cualquier persona interesada en una vacuna de COVID-19 que no sea una persona mayor debe registrarse previamente visitando vaccinate.virginia.gov o llamando al 877-VAX-IN-VA y esperar hasta que se comuniquen para brindarle una cita. Debido a la capacidad limitada de personal y suministros de vacunas, solo las personas de 65 años o más pueden programar una cita.

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico amplían la elegibilidad para vacunas a la Fase 1c

1 DE ABRIL, 2021: El 1 de abril, los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico comenzarán a abrir citas de vacunación para los trabajadores esenciales en la Fase 1c. Si bien muchos trabajadores esenciales de primera línea fueron clasificados en la Fase 1b por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y el Departamento de Salud de Virginia, la Fase 1c incluye muchos trabajadores esenciales adicionales que desempeñan un papel clave en el funcionamiento de la sociedad y / o interactúan regularmente con el público y, por lo tanto, tienen un mayor potencial de exposición al COVID-19. La fase 1c incluye trabajadores de los siguientes sectores:

  • Servicios de Energía
  • Eliminación de agua, aguas residuales y desechos (incluye eliminación de reciclaje)
  • Construcción y Vivienda
  • Logística y Transporte
  • Facultad de Instituciones de Educación Superior y todo su personal
  • Finanzas
  • Tecnología informática  
  • Medios de comunicación 
  • Servicios jurídicos
  • Seguridad pública (incluidos ingenieros)
  • Otros trabajadores de la salud pública
  • Barberos, estilistas, peluqueros

En muchos lugares de Virginia, los trabajadores del servicio de alimentos también están incluidos en la Fase 1c, pero los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico ya incluían a los trabajadores del servicio de alimentos en la elegibilidad de la Fase 1b. Todas las poblaciones 1a y 1b previamente elegibles para la vacunación en Richmond y Henrico seguirán siendo elegibles a medida que comencemos a vacunar a las poblaciones 1c.

Cualquiera que sea elegible en la Fase 1c que no se haya pre registrado para la vacuna debe ir a vaccinate.virginia.gov y preregistrarse de inmediato. Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico extraerán la información de preinscripción del sitio web de Vaccinate Virginia y se comunicarán con usted por correo electrónico (o por teléfono si no tiene acceso a un correo electrónico) con los siguientes pasos para programar una cita en uno de nuestros eventos de vacunación o con un proveedor asociado. 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.

Dado que la Fase 1c contiene relativamente pocas personas en comparación con las Fases 1b y la Fase 2, esperamos pasar a la Fase 2 en cuestión de semanas. Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico han estado esperando ansiosamente el momento en que finalmente podamos ofrecer la vacuna al público en general. Agradecemos la paciencia que muchos de ustedes han mostrado mientras esperan su turno para vacunarse. ¡Estamos muy emocionados de que la espera ya casi termina!

 

¿Por qué decidimos pasar a la Fase 1c?

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico actualmente pueden suministrar vacunas a  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 temporeras. Los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico continuarán dando prioridad a la vacunación de aquellas personas en las Fases 1a y 1b que se hayan preinscrito a través de Vaccinate Virginia y ofrecerán citas disponibles a cualquier persona preinscrita primero en alguno de estos grupos. Sin embargo, nuestro número actual de dosis puede acomodar citas adicionales, por lo que anticipamos ofrecer citas a las personas que califican para la Fase 1c.

 

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

La tabla a continuación muestra qué porcentaje de dosis serán asignadas por los Distritos de Salud de Richmond y Henrico a cada grupo con prioridad a partir del 1 de abril. Estos porcentajes cambiarán a medida que se completen más vacunas en grupos que sean elegibles y haya más dosis de vacunas disponibles.

Actualmente tenemos suficientes suministros de vacunas para ofrecer citas a personas en las Fases 1a, 1b y 1c  sin mayor necesidad de prioridad. Sin embargo, si el suministro de vacunas se limita temporalmente en el futuro, los departamentos de salud estatales y locales darán prioridad para recibir la vacuna y que sean atendidos primero a aquellos residentes con mayor riesgo. Si el suministro es limitado, los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico y nuestros colaboradores tendrán en cuenta una serie de factores para garantizar que aquellos que tienen más probabilidades de enfermarse gravemente si se infectan, viven en comunidades donde el riesgo de infección es mayor o enfrentan otras barreras  para recibir una atención equitativa tengan prioridad y acceso a la vacuna. Los factores que darán prioridad serán los siguientes: 

  • Edad (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 en nuestra región que ofrecerán la vacuna a sus pacientes, así como a la comunidad en general. Los proveedores incluirán farmacias, proveedores de atención primaria, centros de urgencia y clínicas de red 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 colaborando de la mano con comunidades religiosas para sostener los centros comunitarios, así como clínicas de vacunación temporeras  según sea necesario.

También continuaremos celebrando eventos a gran escala en el Richmond Raceway 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 pueda programar  una cita directamente con farmacias, tiendas de comestibles, etc. sin esperar una llamada o correo electrónico del departamento de salud. Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico también crearán un enlace en nuestro sitio web donde cualquier persona elegible puede programar una cita en uno de nuestros eventos  en el Raceway.

Además, continuaremos llevando a cabo eventos a comunidades con prioridad y los ayudaremos a programar citas de vacunación. A medida que avancemos en la vacunación del público en general, RHHD centrará una parte de nuestra asignación de vacunas para vacunar a las personas en la Fase 1a, Fase 1b, Fase 1c y a aquellos que tienen menos acceso a la vacuna de  COVID-19.

 

¿Cómo puedo recibir la vacuna?

Cualquier persona interesada en recibir la vacuna debe completar el formulario de preinscripción en vaccinate.virginia.gov. Cualquier persona, incluso aquellas que no estén en las Fases 1a, 1b o 1c, son elegibles para preinscribirse. Si ya se registró previamente, puede visitar el sitio de Vaccinate Virginia en cualquier momento para confirmar su estatus.

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.

Las personas elegibles recibirán la vacuna con cita previa solo a través de una de las siguientes vías:

  • Eventos de vacunación de RHHD móviles, grandes o pequeños organizados en toda la región
  • Clínicas de redes de seguridad como Capital Area Health Network, Crossover, Health Brigade y Daily Planet Health Services
  • Proveedores de atención de urgencia, como Patient First
  • Sistemas de salud, como Bon Secours Richmond, HCA y VCU Health System
  • Proveedores de atención primaria en determinadas comunidades
  • Farmacias locales, como las farmacias Hope, Westwood y Bremo
  • Farmacias como CVS y Walgreens
  • Centros comunitarios operados en alianza con comunidades religiosas

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts expand vaccine eligibility to Phase 1c 

April 1, 2021: On April 1st, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will begin opening up vaccination appointments for essential workers in Phase 1c. While many frontline essential workers were classified in Phase 1b by the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health, Phase 1c includes many additional essential workers who play a key role in the functioning of society and/or interact regularly with the public and so have increased potential for exposure to COVID-19. Phase 1c includes workers from the following sectors:

  • Energy 
  • Water, Wastewater, and Waste removal (includes recycling removal) 
  • Housing and Construction 
  • Transportation and Logistics 
  • Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff 
  • Finance 
  • Information Technology & Communication 
  • Media 
  • Legal Services 
  • Public Safety (including engineers) 
  • Other Public Health Workers 
  • Barbers, Stylists, Hairdressers

In many places in Virginia, food service workers are also included in Phase 1c, but Richmond and Henrico Health Districts already included food service workers in Phase 1b eligibility. All 1a and 1b populations previously eligible for vaccination in Richmond and Henrico will remain eligible as we begin to vaccinate 1c populations.

Anyone who is eligible in Phase 1c who has not pre-registered for the vaccine should go to vaccinate.virginia.gov and pre-register right away. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will pull pre-registration information from the Vaccinate Virginia website and contact you through email (or phone if you don’t have an email) with next steps to schedule an appointment at one of our vaccination events or a partnering provider. 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. 

Since Phase 1c contains relatively few people compared with Phases 1b and Phase 2, we expect that we will be moving on to Phase 2 in a matter of weeks! Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have been eagerly awaiting the moment when we can finally offer the vaccine to the general public. We appreciate the patience many of you have shown as you have waited for your turn to be vaccinated, and we are so thrilled that the wait is nearly over!  

 

Why did we decide to move on to Phase 1c

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 pop-up clinics. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will continue to prioritize vaccination for individuals in Phases 1a and 1b who have pre-registered through Vaccinate Virginia and offer available appointments to any pre-registered person in these groups first. However, our current number of doses can accommodate additional appointments, so we anticipate offering openings for people who qualify for Phase 1c. 

 

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

The chart below shows what percentage of doses will be allocated by Richmond and Henrico Health Districts to each priority group as of April 1st. These percentages will shift as more vaccinations are completed in groups that became eligible sooner and more vaccine doses become available. 

We currently have enough vaccine supply to offer appointments to residents in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1c without further prioritization. However, if vaccine supply is temporarily limited in the future, state and local health departments will further prioritize vaccination 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

 

When can people in Phase 2 get the vaccine?

In line with President Biden and Governor Northam’s goals, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will move into Phase 2 before May 1st. Phase 2 includes all people ages 16 and older who were not already eligible in an earlier phase. Anyone who has pre-registered to receive the vaccine through vaccinate.virginia.gov will be invited to schedule an appointment in the days and weeks after Phase 2 opens. If you want to receive the vaccine, pre-register now (even if you are not yet eligible!). 

 

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 across our region who will offer the vaccine to their patients as well as the broader community. Providers will include pharmacies, primary care providers, 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 to stand up Community Hub sites as well as additional pop-up vaccination clinics as needed.

We will also continue to hold large-scale events at the Richmond Raceway 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 make an appointment directly with pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. without waiting for a call or email from the health department. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will also create a link on our website where any eligible person can schedule an appointment at one of our Raceway events.

Additionally, we will continue to conduct ongoing targeted outreach to priority communities and assist them with scheduling vaccination appointments. As we move into vaccinating the general public, RHHD will focus a portion of our vaccine allotment and operational capacity on vaccinating individuals in Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 1c, and those who have less access to vaccination or disproportionate COVID-19 burden.

 

How do I get vaccinated?

Anyone interested in receiving a vaccination should fill out the pre-registration form at vaccinate.virginia.gov. Any person, even those who are not in Phases 1a, 1b, or 1c is eligible to pre-register. If you have already pre-registered, you can visit the Vaccinate Virginia site anytime to confirm your status. 

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. 

Eligible individuals will receive their vaccination by appointment only through one of the following pathways:

  • Large, small, and mobile RHHD vaccination events hosted across the region
  • Safety net clinics like Capital Area Health Network, Crossover, Health Brigade, and Daily Planet Health Services
  • Urgent care providers, like Patient First
  • Health Systems, like Bon Secours Richmond, HCA, and VCU Health System
  • Primary Care Providers in certain communities
  • Local pharmacies, like Hope, Westwood, and Bremo pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens
  • Community Hubs operated in partnership with faith-based communities. 

Community Hubs bring the COVID-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable neighborhoods

March 16, 2021: Our goal is to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as equitably as possible, which means finding outreach and vaccination strategies that address the needs of specific communities. To make it easier for every person in Richmond and Henrico to learn about and access the COVID-19 vaccine, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are partnering with faith-based organizations across our region to set up Community Hubs for COVID-19 outreach and vaccination.

What is a Community Hub?

Community Hubs are located in neighborhoods where residents experience greater barriers to vaccination and overall health. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will partner with a nonprofit organization to conduct outreach to community members and help them understand, register for, and receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Each Community Hub will operate for six weeks, and a total of six Community Hubs will operate across Richmond and Henrico throughout the spring and summer.
The first Community Hub is currently taking place at Second Baptist Church on Broad Rock Blvd on the Southside of Richmond and has vaccinated 1,400 residents as of March 6!

Why the Community Hub approach?

Mass vaccination events work well for many residents, but they may exclude residents who lack transportation to the vaccination site, have trouble accessing the registration system, or lack trust in healthcare providers or new medical developments, and are reluctant to pursue vaccination. In Richmond and Henrico, these barriers are most common in neighborhoods where residents are older, have lower-incomes, and/or identify as Black or Hispanic/Latinx. These same communities historically have not received high-quality health care, are at higher risk for severe illness as a result of COVID-19, and deserve all the resources we can offer as soon as possible.

By partnering with faith-based organizations that have a strong community presence and have built lasting trust with residents, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will be better able to connect with residents and provide easier access to the vaccine.

How are we choosing Community Hub sites?

We are identifying partners and sites with the greatest potential for positive community impact through these three steps:

  1. Use available data to find a neighborhood where a Hub would have a significant impact. Our vaccination team is looking at maps of existing vaccination providers to identify neighborhoods with the least access to the vaccine. We are also identifying zip codes with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths and prioritizing neighborhoods with higher Social Vulnerability Index scores. The Social Vulnerability Index is a CDC tool that helps identify communities that are most likely to experience a greater burden of disease and hardship in the event of an emergency. It examines factors such as race, language of origin, and rates of poverty, employment, educational attainment, transportation access, and homeownership. In Richmond and Henrico, neighborhoods with a high SVI score house mostly Black, Latinx, or older residents and are seeing higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
  2. Identify a partner organization. The ideal partner has relationships with diverse community members and is eager to help conduct outreach and advocate for vaccination.
  3. Find the right location. An ideal vaccination site is a large, indoor space with restrooms, lots of available parking, and easy access by bus.

How is it going so far?

Second Baptist Church has been an amazing first Community Hub partner! In February, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts provided Second Baptist with up-to-date information to share with residents about the vaccine as well as a list of available appointment slots at the Community Hub. By tapping into their networks, going door-to-door, and offering residents an opportunity to talk with someone trustworthy and familiar about the vaccine, Second Baptist helped over 1,400 residents to register for vaccination, 1,250 residents of whom will have been vaccinated at the Second Baptist Community Hub.

Marc Jolley from Second Baptist says the church’s relationships with the congregation and surrounding community, especially older residents, has helped many to overcome their hesitancy about the vaccine. “Pastor Hodge and our 95-year-old church mother were the first to be vaccinated at our church,” Jolley says. “This set the stage for other seniors and baby boomers.” Second Baptist also wrapped up their 10-week Feed the Seniors program just as the vaccination program was beginning, which made contacting older congregation members easier. Jolley says the experience has been really meaningful for church leadership, especially playing a role in connecting seniors to the vaccine. “We had several people cry that they were so happy to receive their vaccination,” Jolley says. “We also have received cards and phone calls expressing gratitude and thanks for our efforts leading this project in the community.”

Community Hub vaccination events are staffed by Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who have been working throughout the pandemic to provide our communities with information, resources, and care they can trust. If you are interested in volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps, visit the Richmond City Health District website to learn more.