NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Health Department and the Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts have announced they will begin sending out robocalls and text messages in an effort to nudge more eligible people to get a COVID-19 booster shot.
Norfolk health officials said the calls and messages will go out to about 5,000 people possibly as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Residents of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and James City and York Counties will also begin the messages this week.
The text or robo call message will simply state: “Virginia Department of Health records indicate you are eligible for a booster COVID-19 vaccine.” It will include a link and a phone number for you to schedule an appointment.
Health department officials want you to know this is not a scam. A Virginia Department of Health spokesperson told WAVY this is an initiative in Hampton Roads and three other areas of the state.
Not everyone will be contacted at first, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait. All eligible people over the age of 12 are encouraged to get the booster as soon as possible.
You are eligible for a booster if its been five months since you had either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after the Johnson & Johnson.
Virginians who have not been fully vaccinated, or are eligible for booster doses, can visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877) 829-4682 to find nearby vaccination clinics.
Those seeking to find or schedule a testing appointment can visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov/testingappointment.