WESTERN TIDEWATER VACCINATION EFFORTS
The Western Tidewater Health District is providing vaccinations in accordance with Department of Health policy. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has issued guidance to health districts about how to use the limited supply of vaccine doses available for Group 1B. This includes allocating roughly half of available doses for people aged 65 and older. The other half should be used for frontline essential workers, people in congregate settings, and individuals aged 16-64 at increased risk of severe illness. This is a very fluid situation and will change week to week depending on the vaccine distributed to the district.
** The vaccine allocated to us must also be shared with the health districts providers and pharmacies. **
Please use this statewide link to sign-up for the vaccine waitlist: vaccinate.virginia.gov
Current District Vaccination
Tier: 1A and 1B (Focus on Healthcare Providers and 65 and older due to Vaccine Allocation)
Vaccination Tier Information
Information on who falls into Tier 1B can be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
Currently all of the appointments for Covid-19 Vaccine are full at our local health departments as of the week of February 15, 2021.
The Western Tidewater Health District (WTHD) which covers the cities of Franklin & Suffolk and the counties of Isle of Wight & Southampton entered Phase 1B of our COVID-19 vaccination campaign on January 25, 2021. If you are a current resident or work in the WTHD and are within priority groups of Phase 1A and 1B, we encourage you to complete one of the following options:
Options for Pre-Registering for Phase 1a and Phase 1b:
Option 1: Click on vaccinate.virginia.gov to complete the information. You may just enter N/A for the email and enter a phone number if you do not have an active email address. After completion, individuals will receive follow up communication to register for an appointment as soon as additional slots become available. Family members are encouraged to assist those with limited or no computer resources. This form will be the fastest way to get an appointment, but the timeline for an appointment is to be determined (TBD).
Option 2: Residents with limited or no technical resources (computer or internet access) may call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA by phone 8am-8pm 7 days a week or the Western Tidewater Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center at 757-514-4570. The WTHD Call Center will have staff available daily to assist the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until advised otherwise.
Please note: These options DO NOT RESERVE A VACCINE OR CREATE AN APPOINTMENT; they collect contact information, so that when vaccine is available, VDH can contact you to schedule an appointment. It may be days or weeks for you to receive a return call, and weeks or months before the vaccine and an appointment are available.
ONCE YOU ARE PRE-REGISTERED, PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL TO CHECK YOUR STATUS. You will be contacted as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Please do not pre-register multiple times or leave multiple messages. Doing so will only cause delays or prevent others from getting a vaccine.
For general vaccine information please call the Western Tidewater Health District COVID-19
Call Center at 757-514-4570 between hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday – Friday) or the Virginia Covid Information Center at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA by phone 8am-8pm 7 days a week.
The Virginia Department of Health recommends that you visit the VDH website https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/western-tidewater/vaccine-information/ and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html) for additional extensive information about COVID-19.
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