Lord Fairfax Health District moves to Phase 1C for COVID-19 vaccinations

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Vaccination Update
Page Valley News will have continuing coverage of the vaccination efforts in our community.

~ Press release issued by the Lord Fairfax Health District

WINCHESTER, March 19 — The Virginia Department of Health’s Lord Fairfax Health District will now begin to vaccinate those in Phase 1c, while continuing to vaccinate anyone in Phase 1a and 1b who registers to receive it. While vaccine supply is increasing, it remains limited; so please be patient as we work through the priority groups and get to each person who desires vaccination as soon as possible. We are devoting every available resource to this effort.

Phase 1a offers vaccines to health care personnel and those in long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes those 65 and older, frontline essential workers and people age 16 to 64 with an underlying medical condition that puts them at increased risk of severe illness. Phase 1c includes other essential workers in energy, water, wastewater and waste removal, housing and construction, food service, transportation and logistics, institutions of higher learning, finance, information technology and communications, media, legal services, public safety and public health. All phases are identified in detail at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

“We are excited to be expanding vaccination opportunities to more of the essential workers in our community who have been waiting their turn for the vaccine,” said Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District. “We encourage everyone to pre-register, so that when your opportunity comes, you can get your vaccine as quickly as possible.”

Vaccines are available by pre-registration and appointment. To pre-register, or to update your pre-registration record, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available, in more than 100 languages. For TTY, dial 7-1-1.

When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, please follow these guidelines at the vaccination site:

·       Please plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your appointment time. Too many people arriving too early causes backups.

·       We’re not accepting walk-ins at this time. Please pre-register to be contacted for an appointment.

·       Please plan to show your invitation (email or text) or proof of your name.

Remember to continue masking and social distancing outside your household. We will reach a point later this year when enough people are vaccinated where these actions are no longer necessary, but we’re not there yet, so please continue to watch your 3Ws: Wear your mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.



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