Virginia Beach opens up phase 1c vaccine appointments, could move to general public shortly after

COVID-19 Vaccine

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — Virginia Beach is starting to send out vaccine appointment invitations for those in phase 1c of Virginia’s vaccination plan.

The health department says only about 6,000 people are registered for 1c, which consists of more essential workers, meaning it could move to phase 2 (vaccinations for the general public) very soon. Those in 1c will receive an invitation for their appointment from the health department through the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, also known as VAMS.

“We do 2,500 to 3,000 people a day here, you can see we’re going to be through the current list of people on tier 1c next week,” said Bob Engle, emergency coordinator for Virginia Beach Public Health.

Gov. Northam’s office said health departments can move to phase 2 when everyone in 1c is offered an appointment. That could be as early as April 4 in some districts. All Virginians ages 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine by April 18.

These job fields qualify for 1c:

People who work in the following broad job fields qualify for phase 1c:

  • Energy:  Electric industry, petroleum industry (including gas station workers), natural gas industry, and renewable energy
  • Water, wastewater, and waste removal:  Water and utility, recycling removal, plumbers
  • Housing and construction:  Hotel (traveler accommodations), HVAC technicians, hardware stores and similar retail stores, housing construction, house painters, electricians, housing and real estate services
  • Food Service:  Restaurant (servers and back of house)
  • Transportation and Logistics:  Shipyard, maritime, welcome center, road construction industry, air traffic controllers and TSA, airline pilots, flight crews, airline ground crews, airport personnel, car retail and repair
  • Institutions of Higher Education:  Faculty and staff
  • Finance:  Insurance carriers and related activities, accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services
  • Information Technology and Communication:  Internet/cell phone technicians, workers responsible for infrastructure construction or restoration, data center operators
  • Legal Services:  Workers supporting operations of the judicial system, including lawyers and others providing legal assistance. (Note: judges and judicial workers are included in the “Continuity of Government” group in Phase 1b.)
  • Public Safety: Engineers, emergency communication centers
  • Hair Stylists:  Barbers, stylists, hairdressers

The health department encourages anyone 16 years old and older who lives or works in Virginia Beach to pre-register for the vaccine at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

People who successfully pre-registered for phases 1a and 1b have been sent invitations to schedule an appointment.

If you’re pre-registered in phase 1a or 1b and haven’t been contacted, check your inbox and junk folder.

If you still come up short, send an email to vaccinatevb@vdh.Virginia.gov.

“We want to make sure that you get head-of-the-line services and you are prioritized at our clinics,” Engle said.

The health department says anyone who received an invitation to schedule an appointment in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and has had difficulty finding an available timeslot should select 23451 as the zip code and “limited clinic” as the clinic type.

So far, 113,709 people have received at least the one dose in Virginia Beach and 60,671 people in Virginia Beach have been fully vaccinated.

Engle says each shot is one step close to herd immunity.

“The sooner we get everybody vaccinated the sooner will be able to get back to our normal lives,” he said.

There are no walk up vaccines available — shots are by appointment only. 

For more information, visit WAVY’s vaccination page.

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