The Virginia Department of Health is responsible for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health has launched a website that allows Virginians to easily register for the COVID-19 vaccine. This ‘one-stop-shop’ website allows individuals to pre-register online, check that they are pre-registered, and access additional information on Virginia’s vaccination roll-out. To pre-register, please follow this link: https://vaccinate.virginia.gov. Once you have registered for the vaccine at vaccinate.virginia.gov you will be notified by your local health department when you are eligible and able to make an appointment.
Right now, the number of individuals who are eligible for a vaccine far exceeds the number of available doses and it will likely take several months to get the vaccine to everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
Virginians who have previously registered through their local health district will be automatically moved into the new system and do not need to register again. Data migration is continuing throughout the week and it may take several days for your name to appear in the centralized system. Everyone who has previously registered is still on the list, and their status will not be affected. For those that do not have internet access, please call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) to pre-register for your vaccine.
Additionally, select CVS pharmacies across Virginia are now offering COVID-19 vaccines. Currently, CVS is only administering the vaccine to those who are 65 and older. Even if you have previously registered through another provider or through the Virginia Department of Health’s website, you must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy smartphone app. Individuals without internet access can contact CVS customer service at (800) 746-7287 to schedule an appointment. Vaccine appointments will continue to open daily (provided there are adequate doses) at 5:00 am. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.
As a member of Congress and the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, I am working closely with Congressional leaders and the Biden Administration to make sure we are ramping up the vaccine rollout at the federal level as quickly as possible, so we can crush the virus, get our children back in school, and rebuild our economy.
To date, there have been 1.6 million vaccine doses administered in Virginia. President Biden and his administration are working to get more vaccine doses to the states as quickly as possible. Just last week, the Biden Administration announced they were increasing the weekly supply of vaccines to states by over 20%. You can track Virginia’s vaccine progress here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-summary/.
WHAT PHASE ARE WE IN?
Governor Northam has moved all of Virginia into Phase 1B for vaccine distribution. That means that all those eligible in Phase 1A and 1B are eligible to sign-up to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. These groups include healthcare personnel, residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate care settings, frontline essential workers, people aged 65+, and people aged 16-64 with an underlying medical condition as defined by the CDC.
You can find out which phase you are eligible for by clicking here.
Please continue to check the Virginia Department of Health’s website regularly. Also make sure you are signed up for my e-newsletter to receive important notices about the pandemic, vaccine rollout and other updates from my office.