The Virginia Department of Health is charged with managing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the Commonwealth. VDH’s determinations about eligibility for vaccines follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and recommendations from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Under those guidelines, groups at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering serious cases of it have been given top priority. VDH has announced its prioritization for vaccine distribution, identifying three priority groups, denoted as 1A, 1B, and 1C. Its full guidance can be found on the VDH website.
The Blue Ridge Health District, the local office of VDH, is leading this effort for Central Virginia with the assistance of UVA Health.
Faculty & Staff: Most faculty and staff from higher education institutions will be part of group 1C.
Students: Other than students who work in a health care setting as trainees, it is not yet known what phase will include the general student population.
You can learn more about the local vaccination program, who is included in the various phases, and complete a survey to be placed on the vaccine list if you are currently eligible on the BRHD website.
Details on the timing of the rollout of future phases will be shared by BRHD as they become available. BRHD is making all decisions on prioritization for vaccine distribution. UVA will administer doses as directed by BRHD and the University is not making determinations on who may get vaccinated.
Even after vaccination, members of the community are encouraged to continue following public health protocols: wear a mask, wash hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors.
Please do not schedule a vaccine appointment unless you have received an email directly from BRHD or UVA that it is your time to schedule an appointment. You will be turned away from the vaccine clinic if you are not eligible for a vaccine during this phase.
Questions on vaccine distribution should be directed to BRHD:
- COVID hotline (434-972-6261, open M-F, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
- Email - BRhealthdistrict@gmail.com
- Visit - https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/blue-ridge/covid-19-vaccination/
The BRHD provides health services for residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. If you live outside the district’s boundaries, please contact your local health district for more information.