Virginia Beach will move to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution starting Monday.
The second group that will become eligible for the vaccine then includes front-line essential workers, anyone age 65 and older and anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 with high-risk medical conditions.
Front-line essential workers include police officers, firefighters, childcare workers, pre-K-12 teachers and staff, food workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, mail carriers, judges and inmates in correctional facilities.
High-risk medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, down syndrome, heart conditions, people in an immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity, pregnancy, sickle-cell disease, smoking and type 2 diabetes mellitus.,
Those eligible to receive the vaccine must preregister through an online portal beginning Monday. Preregistration can be found at www.vbgov.com/vaccinatevb. Registrants must have a working email address. Residents can also call 311 within city limits to ask questions about the process. Outside the city, residents can call 757-385-3111.
Once preregistered, residents will receive an email from the Virginia Department of Health and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a link to the online scheduling system.
Signing up for preregistration is not making an appointment. It’s signing up to get a link emailed to you to make an appointment.
The city’s health department will begin closed “point of dispensing” clinics for ‘1b’ priority groups next week. The health department asks people not to show up to the convention center without an appointment.
A health department spokeswoman said about 125,000 people are eligible for phase ‘1b’ in Virginia Beach.
Anyone who is in the ‘1a’ group can still get the vaccine.
The city has only given the Moderna vaccine so far, but expects to give both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the next phase of distribution.
As of Thursday afternoon, Virginia Beach had administered 13,271 doses and 738 people were fully vaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health website.
About 1,250 doses have been given out each day, a spokeswoman for the city’s health department said.
Some who fall in the ‘1a’ and ‘1b’ categories may be scheduled to receive the vaccine through their employers, but don’t have to wait for the employer to preregister.
For more information on the state’s vaccine plan, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
To view the vaccine phase map, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/phase-by-health-district.
To take the vaccine priority group quiz, visit https://vdh.jebbit.com/amkwk6m1?L=Owned+Web&JC=Vaccine.
Robyn Sidersky, 757-222-5117, email@example.com