Southwest Virginia health districts to begin 1b vaccinations, includes people 75 and older

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) — The Virginia Department of Health announced that several health districts will begin phase 1b vaccinations next week.

Phase 1b includes frontline essential workers, people age 75 and older, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, or migrant labor camps.

As Gov. Ralph Northam announced, phase 1b also includes these frontline essential workers:

  • Police, fire, hazmat
  • Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  • Childcare/K-12 teachers/staff
  • Food and agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Mail carriers (USPS and private)

The following health districts will begin phase 1b vaccinations the week of Jan. 11:

  • Alexandria
  • Arlington
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Fairfax
  • Lenowisco
  • Lord Fairfax
  • Loudoun
  • Mount Rogers
  • New River
  • Prince William
  • Roanoke County/Allegheny

Cumberland Plateau

The Cumberland Plateau Health District includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell counties.

The health district says it is reaching out to employers to plan for providing vaccines to phase 1b essential workers.

Phase 1b essential workers who wish to receive the vaccine or have questions should contact Delilah McFadden (delilah.long@vdh.virginia.gov) for Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell or Tazewell counties.

The health district says vaccine clinics for those who are 75 or older will be held at health department locations weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 by appointment only. A photo ID will be required.

Those 75 and older who would like to schedule an appointment for vaccination at their local health department should call:

Buchanan County Health Department-276-935-4591
Dickenson County Health Department-276-926-4979
Russell County Health Department-276-889-7621
Tazewell County Health Department-276-988-5585

Lenowisco

The Lenowisco Health District includes Lee, Wise, and Scott counties and the City of Norton.

The health district says it is reaching out to employers to plan for providing vaccines to phase 1b essential workers.

Phase 1b essential workers who wish to receive the vaccine or have questions should contact Michael Whiteaker (michael.whiteaker@vdh.virginia.gov) for Lee, Scott, and Wise counties and the City of Norton.

The health district says vaccine clinics for those who are 75 or older will be held at health department locations weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 by appointment only. A photo ID will be required.

Those 75 and older who would like to schedule an appointment for vaccination at their local health department should call:

Lee County Health Department-276-346-2011
Scott County Health Department-276-386-1312
Wise County Health Department-276-328-8000

Mount Rogers

The Mount Rogers Health District includes Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol and Galax. Mount Rogers says eligible essential workers will be scheduled through their employers.

According to Mount Rogers, vaccines for those 75 and older are available through some health care providers, pharmacies, and local health department off-site clinics. Visit the health district’s website for more information.

Click here for more information on Virginia’s phase 1b.

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