PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — All Virginians ages 16 and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Northam’s office says nearly every Virginian in the highest risk groups for COVID-19 have received a vaccine so far.
April 18 is two weeks ahead of the federal goal of May 1 set by President Biden. Biden said this week that 90% of American adults will be eligible by April 19, with the rest by May 1.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel—and that light is getting brighter every day as more and more Virginians get vaccinated,” said Governor Northam. “We continue to work with diverse providers and community partners across the Commonwealth to distribute vaccines in a fair and equitable way and ensure those at the highest risk are vaccinated first. Expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to put this pandemic behind us, and I thank all of the public health staff, health care workers, vaccinators, and volunteers who have helped make this possible.”
So far, nearly 40% of Virginians have at least one dose and nearly 25% are fully vaccinated. 5,281,878 shots in total have been administered, the Virginia Department of Health says.
To make sure you can get an appointment, pre-register through the Virginia vaccination portal at vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682 or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682.
For more information on the vaccine, visit WAVY’s vaccination page.