How thousands of seniors can get a COVID vaccine this weekend: 'Check e-mail and answer the phone'

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 19:32:13-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of people aged 75+ who filled out a COVID-19 vaccine interest form with their local health department will get vaccinated this coming weekend. VCU Health System donated vaccines from its supply to make the mass vaccination event possible.

The roughly 7,000 doses are available to seniors (primarily 75+) who live in the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, Chesterfield Health District, and Chickahominy Health District.

If you or a loved one filled out an interest form, you are urged to answer the phone and check email for details about the mass vaccination events scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Sunday's event has been rescheduled, because of winter weather in the forecast, to Tuesday.

Officials noted Friday evening that Saturday's event was fully booked, but said there were "still many vaccination appointment slots for Tuesday."

"Schedulers will work through the interest form lists; seniors will receive one e-mail and two phone calls before the scheduler moves on to the next person," Cat Long, with the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, wrote in an email. "Directions in the e-mail must be completed by the deadline listed. Due to the high volume of registrations, we are unable to accept calls back from seniors, so it is important they answer the phone."

Phone calls will be made between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. until all appointments are filled.

All qualifying individuals who are interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine should fill out the appropriate interest form or call for assistance: