Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that all adults in Virginia will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 18.
Before this deadline, the local health districts will open vaccines to key workers in phase 1c, or if they have vaccinated everyone in phase 1c, including all adults.
All Virginians can pre-register for a vaccine by visiting the Virginia Department of Health website or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. For more information on the vaccine and to see full coverage of News 3, click here to view our COVID-19 Vaccination Guide.
Here is a list of local cities and health districts that have expanded access to vaccines.
Chesapeake opened vaccines for Phase 2 on Friday April 2nd. All adults 16 and older who wish to have a vaccine are now eligible.
No matter what stage you qualify for, appointments are still required. The health department will continue to prioritize vaccination for all people in phases 1a, 1b and 1c who register for a vaccine.
Eastern Shore Health District
The Eastern Shore Health District, which includes Accomack County and Northampton Counties, will open vaccines to the entire population of Eastern Shore starting Monday April 5th.
Vaccines are administered in partnership with the Eastern Shore Rural Health System and the Riverside Medical Group.
“We have vaccinated the vast majority of our Phase 1 population who have expressed an interest in the vaccination. We are excited to open vaccine eligibility to our entire Shore community, ”said Jon Richardson, chief operating officer of the Eastern Shore Health District.
If you are in phase 2 and would like a vaccine, the health department asks you to contact your family doctor. If you don’t have a primary care provider, contact Eastern Shore Rural Health directly to schedule an appointment.
If you were eligible in Phase 1 and would like to get a vaccine, contact the public health department at 757-787-5880.
The Norfolk Department of Health will expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for people in Phase 1c to all Norfolk residents aged 16 and over from Friday April 2 and from Sunday April 4.
Vaccines will continue to be offered in Phase 1 to anyone who registers to receive one. According to the health department, there will be an overlap in vaccination phases to ensure that people are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible at each phase.
Portsmouth will start offering Phase 1c vaccines starting Friday April 2nd.
Prior to moving to Phase 1c, the department made a “great effort” to reach all eligible people in Phase 1a and 1b, and the demand for vaccines in these populations has declined, according to a notice from the Portsmouth Department of Health.
“The Portsmouth Health Department is pleased to announce that we will be entering Phase 1c vaccination,” said Dr. Lauren James, Director of the Portsmouth Health Department. “We will continue to offer vaccines to our community as we work towards herd immunity.”
The Virginia Beach Department of Health opened COVID-19 vaccinations for people in Phase 1c on Thursday April 1st and expects to move to Phase 2 soon.
Bob Engle, the emergency coordinator for the Virginia Beach Department of Health, urged everyone in Phases 1a and 1b to wait for an appointment to send an email to the Department of Health.
“We have about 6,000 people registered for phase 1c, so we expect to move quickly to phase 2,” said Engle, adding that the health department is encouraging everyone to pre-register.
Western Tidewater Health District
The Western Tidewater Health District, which includes Suffolk, Franklin City, Isle of Wight County and Southampton County, will begin moving to Phase 1c vaccination this week.
Demand for the vaccine has decreased among people in phases 1a and 1b.
“I am pleased to announce that the Western Tidewater Health District will enter Phase 1c of the vaccination effort. This transition will allow us to expand those eligible for vaccination, “said Dr. Lauren James, Interim Director of Health, Western Tidewater Health District.” I take pride in the effective and organized way we have supported the vaccination effort and we plan to continue in this fashion. “