Statewide COVID-19 vaccine sign-up starts Tuesday for eligible citizens

Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 13:04:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health launched a statewide system for COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration Tuesday morning.

VDH said this website will serve as a "one-stop-shop" for individuals to pre-register online, check that they are pre-registered and access additional information on Virginia’s vaccination roll-out.

Originally, citizens were asked to sign up with their local health districts. That ended last Friday.

VDH said everyone who had already pre-registered through their local health districts has been automatically added into their new system, and they will maintain their current spot on the waiting lists.

Citizens who are signed up are also supposed to receive email notifications leading up to their vaccine time.

Data migration is continuing throughout the week and it may take several days for your name to appear in the centralized system.

All health districts in Virginia, with the exception of Fairfax County, will be using this new statewide system.

VDH hopes the new system create a more unified process for citizens after there have been weeks of issues and citizen complaints.

Officials expect millions of users on the new site, and said they will have IT teams fixing issues as needed. They also said anyone who can't get through on the website should immediately try again.

Tap here to pre-register if you are in one of the eligible groups under Phase 1B.

You should also be able to access the sign-up link through your local health districts' websites.

Due to technological limits with CVS Pharmacy’s national appointment system, Virginians must continue to register for CVS appointments through the CVS Pharmacy website, according to VDH.

VDH said for citizens that are uncomfortable or unable to pre-register online, they plan to launch an accompanying hotline number on Wednesday.

Governor Ralph Northam is expected to provide additional information about the hotline, in addition to the new online tools, at a press conference on Wednesday.