Chesterfield Health District says vaccine rollout will improve during BOS meeting

New vaccine scheduling system announced in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - After days of frustration about Chesterfield’s vaccine rollout, the county’s Health District Director Dr. Alex Samuel announced improvements in the form of a new scheduling system that should make it easier for residents to get a shot after pre-registering online.

The new scheduling system, known as Prep-Mod, will be replacing the web-based application Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) which supports planning and execution for temporary, mobile, or satellite COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

“Prep-Mod Directs them to places where they can get vaccinated. So it’s more of the scheduling, ‘here’s your time here is the place you need to go...” Samuel said.

The switch was announced during the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday. Samuel said that the new system will begin roll out next week and will work hand-in-hand with the county’s new vaccine pre-registration, which launched Monday.

“It does increase a lot of the efficiencies involved in managing scheduling and registration. I want to be clear - it will help us out a lot, it will reduce a lot of the staff time and manual effort that goes into that piece of it,“ Samuel said. “Certainly, when there is more vaccine available it will really speed up that process of getting people directed to places where they can get vaccinated.”

Dr. Samuel says the call centers should also run much smoother in the coming days.

“It was quickly overwhelmed when we were pushing to 1b. There were system glitches too that had to be resolved that have since been taken care of,” Samuel said.

But vaccinations can only go so fast. Since unveiling the new online tool, the health district has already seen more than 20,000 people sign up.

This week the county was allotted 4,625 doses, but due to limited supply, the health district is expecting to receive about 100 fewer doses starting next week.

Around 40% of this week’s total was reserved for teachers and staff in the Chesterfield Health District, which includes Colonial Heights and Powhatan.

“The county was given 1,500 doses total for their 1b essential worker and then they made the designation,” Samuel said. “Chesterfield County has at their disposal an employee medical center which is facilitating the vaccination of county staff. Now, once the vaccine goes to the county, they make those determinations.”

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