Looking for a vaccine? Here’s where to sign up by locality

Looking for a vaccine? Here’s where to sign up by locality
Looking for the right place to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine can feel a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. (Source: KFDA)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Looking for the right place to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine can feel a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. With a little over 100,000 vaccines being shipped to the commonwealth every week, the demand has never been higher.

Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments, said the 105,000 weekly doses are getting divided among localities based on population. In addition, each health department in the state is in charge of distribution in their own way, and some doses are being tied up at pharmacies.

“A significant amount of this vaccine is being reserved for CVS and Walgreens for those long-term care facilities,” Avula said during a tele-press conference on Friday. “They’re working as quickly as they can to get through all of the facilities on their list by the end of January, and it looks like we’re going to be very close to that target.”

So, how can you sign up for the vaccine? A great place to start looking is on the VDH Health District Directory found on the VDH website.

Once there, you can click on the health district where you live for more information on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

While it doesn’t guarantee you a shot, in many cases your information will be put on an online database. When vaccine opportunities open, you can be notified sooner on when to sign up.

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts

You can fill out a vaccine interest form online or reach the districts’ call center at 804-205-3501, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major holidays. For more questions, you can also email them at RHHDvax@vdh.virginia.gov.

This district includes Goochland, New Kent and Charles City. If you live in this health district, you need to fill out this survey to be notified for future vaccine events. The Chickahominy Health District can also be reached by phone: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For General Inquiries: 804-365-3240. After Hours: 877-ASK-VDH3.

The Chesterfield Health District announced an online tool for people in Phase 1a or 1b who wish to pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is now available. The tool does not reserve a vaccine or create an appointment, but it does collect contact information, so that when vaccine is available, VDH can contact you to make an appointment. Fill it out here.

This district serves the cities of Emporia, Hopewell, and Petersburg and the counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex. CHD announced an online tool for people in Phase 1a or 1b who wish to pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is now available. The tool does not reserve a vaccine or create an appointment, but it does collect contact information, so that when vaccine is available, VDH can contact you to make an appointment. Fill it out here.

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