RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Vaccinate.virginia.gov is up and running. It’s the state’s new centralized website for people to pre-register to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Virginia Department of Health is touting the new website as a ‘one-stop-shop’ website, which allows individuals to pre-register online and check that they are pre-registered. In Northern Virginia Tuesday, Governor Ralph Northam spoke about the rollout.
“Some adjustments are being made as we work through this, but overall I think things are going well,” said Northam.
The new site aims to make it easier for officials to keep track of everyone’s vaccine status, and eliminate duplicate registrations and those who have already been vaccinated.
While slow at times due to high interest, state health officials expect millions of unique visits to the site, and IT teams have been addressing back-end components as needed throughout the day.
Anyone who cannot get through immediately should try again.
Everyone who has previously registered through their local health department for a vaccine is still on the list, and their status will not be affected.
“There are a number of individuals in Virginia that have already registered thru the health departments. Their names are being converted to the central system so I encourage them to check. They can check as frequently as they want to but it may take a day or so before their names are converted. It’s going to happen and I encourage people to be patient,” said Northam.
Due to technological limits with CVS Pharmacy’s national appointment system, Virginians must continue to register for CVS appointments through the CVS Pharmacy website.
As for vaccine supply, Northam says that’s the issue going forward and it will just take time.
“We have vaccinated over a million people in Virginia, but we have about 8.5 million residents in Virginia so want to make sure to get everyone vaccinated as equitably and expeditiously as we can,” said Northam.
For those who aren’t tech-savvy, VDH will also launch an accompanying hotline number Wednesday and share those details during a news conference Wednesday at 2 PM.
Just to clarify, this state’s pre-registration system is not to actually make an appointment for your first vaccine dose. It enters your name into the pool or waitlist to later be contacted to schedule a vaccine appointment, based on your eligibility, when you signed up, and availability of the supply.
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