RICHMOND, Va. -- Some local health departments across Virginia will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines next week for limited portions of the general public as the state begins to move into its second phase of vaccine distribution.
The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Friday that 11 local health districts expect to begin gradually adding vaccination opportunities for people who fall into what’s called Phase 1b of the state’s distribution plan.
That group includes people over age 75, incarcerated people and frontline essential workers like police and teachers.
Frontline essential workers by order of vaccination planning
1. Police, Fire, and Hazmat
2. Corrections and homeless shelter workers
3. Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
4. Food and Agriculture (including Veterinarians)
6. Grocery store workers
7. Public transit workers
8. Mail carriers (USPS and private)
9. Officials needed to maintain continuity of government
A spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam also confirmed elected officials will be included in Phase 1b.
The following health districts will begin Phase 1b vaccinations the week of January 11th:
- Cumberland Plateau
- Lord Fairfax
- Mount Rogers
- New River
- Prince William
- Roanoke County/Allegheny
For more information on vaccine roll out for Phase 1b, click here.