Need vaccine? Learn how to get your shot at or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA. 8am - 8pm. Language translation available, TTY users dial 7-1-1.
¿Necesitas vacunarte? Entérate cómo conseguir tu vacuna en o llamando al 1-877-829-4682 de 8am a 8pm. Traducción disponible en tu idioma. Usuarios de TTY pueden marcar al 7-1-1.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Workgroup

The COVID-19 Virginia Vaccine Advisory Workgroup (VAW) provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Health on COVID-19 vaccine and related vaccine-preventable diseases.
Our Members
Card image capThe leaders serving on this workgroup bring valuable expertise from diverse sectors and provide perspective from varying points of view on actions and policies developed and implemented by VDH. Advancing health and wellbeing for all Virginians through the COVID-19 pandemic requires broad, multi-sector engagement to support policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes that lead to COVID-19 vaccines that are accessible, affordable and equitably distributed to all Virginians.
Membership of the task force is broad based, including:
  • Adult Living Facilities
  • Businesses
  • Clinical and Community Organizations with Focus on Health Equity
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Universities)
  • Government with Focus on Health Equity
  • Healthcare Coalitions
  • Health Insurance Insurers and Plans
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesalers
  • Religious
The scope initially includes:

Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

Review data from COVID-19 trials provided through the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

Read the most recent Summary of Available Safety/Efficacy Data for COVID-19 Vaccines


Identify and help establish partnerships with trusted community organizations in order to facilitate communication channels, methods for rapidly disseminating information and ensuring that critical populations have access to the vaccination. Establish points of contact (POCs) for specific organizations within the community who may serve as partner and trusted sources within the community and critical population groups.

Barriers to Vaccination

Identify strategies, needs and obstacles for public and private providers in order to assist in administering COVID-19 vaccine. Identify populations outside of CDC critical populations that need to be considered within Virginia.

Communication and Messaging

Vet messaging of COVID-19 vaccine to the population, including identifying key audiences, effective communication activities, and messaging considerations such as risk/crisis response communication messaging and delivery.

January 6, 2021
VAW Subgroup - Barriers to Vaccination Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Meeting Recording
January 11, 2021
Agenda | Minutes | Barriers Report Out | Communications Minutes | Coalition Building List | Meeting Recording | Safety and Efficacy Summary
January 15, 2021
VAW Subgroup - Communications and Messaging Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Meeting Recording (Audio Only)
January 20, 2021
VAW Subgroup - Barriers to Vaccination Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Meeting Recording
January 29, 2021
VAW Subgroup - Communications and Messaging Agenda | Meeting Minutes - Comming Soon | Meeting Recording - Audio Only
February 01, 2021
Agenda | Meeting Recording
February 15, 2021
VAW Subgroup - Safety and Efficacy Meeting Recording