Vaccine and testing updates from Blue Ridge Health District
Blue Ridge Health District is now vaccinating individuals in Phase 1C, including essential workers who play a key role in the functioning of society and/or interact regularly with the public and therefore have increased potential for exposure to COVID-19. They want everyone in 1A, 1B, and 1C to have the opportunity to schedule a vaccine appointment in VAMS before the district expands to Phase 2 (which includes everyone ages 16+). 
 
Phase 1C includes workers from the following sectors:
  • Energy 
  • Water, Wastewater, and Waste removal (includes recycling removal) 
  • Housing and Construction 
  • Food Service (restaurant workers)
  • Transportation and Logistics 
  • Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff 
  • Finance 
  • Information Technology & Communication 
  • Media 
  • Legal Services 
  • Public Safety (including engineers) 
  • Other Public Health Workers 
  • Barbers, Stylists, Hairdressers
Anyone who is eligible in Phase 1C who has not pre-registered for the vaccine should go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA to pre-register as soon as possible.
 
The district continues to pull pre-registration information from the state’s Vaccinate Virginia pre-registration system and will contact you through email (or phone if you don’t have email) with the next steps to schedule an appointment. 
 
Blue Ridge Health District says it is using the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccination. Everyone in Phase 1A, 1B, and 1C who pre-registered at vaccinate.virginia.gov has been uploaded into VAMS to schedule an appointment. 
 
The district will continue to routinely pull these lists from Virginia’s centralized pre-registration portal and upload individuals to VAMS. Once uploaded, users will receive an email invitation from the federal Centers for Disease Control (a “CDC.gov” email address) to schedule a vaccination appointment. If you do not see this email, be sure to check your spam and promotions folder. 
 
If you have pre-registered and are in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C but have not received an invitation, email BRHealthDistrict@gmail.com with Subject Line (depending on which phase you are in): “Phase 1A Registration” “Phase 1B Registration” or “Phase 1C Registration” and include:
  • First & last name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • What phase you fall into 
The district advises people who previously had a VAMS account (in January) to try logging in again, as you will not receive another email invite. If you have forgotten your password or need technical assistance, follow the prompts on the VAMS website.
 
Like with first doses, second doses must be scheduled through VAMS. Anyone who had a first dose at our Kmart or locality locations OR had a second dose appointment registered in PrepMod must make their appointment in VAMS. This ensures the right amount and correct brands of vaccine are available at each clinic and that your appointment card can be honored. 
 
The former Kmart vaccination site in Charlottesville is now closed and all second dose vaccinations previously scheduled there will be administered at the new JCPenney site, also in Charlottesville.
 
VaccineFinder
Some retail pharmacy locations in the area are now providing vaccination appointments to anyone eligible in Phase 1b, which includes people age 65 and older, people with high-risk medical conditions, and frontline essential workers. Individuals interested in getting vaccinated at a local pharmacy may visit VaccineFinder.org to find eligible pharmacy locations, hours, phone numbers, and scheduling links where available.
 
More COVID testing sites
While BRHD works to vaccinate the district, they continue to offer free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing. Each event will have the capacity to test 200 persons: 100 pre-registered clients and 100 walk-ins.
 
Free pediatric COVID-19 testing for children ages 6 years and up is offered as part of the Friday testing events at Buford Middle School (1000 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, 22903). Pediatric testing is available from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.
 
The next test site in Louisa will be THURSDAY, April 8, from 4:00-7:00 pm at
  • Louisa Presbyterian Church212 Church Avenue, in the town of Louisa.
  • Appointments can be scheduled on April 6 and April 7 by calling 434-972-6261.

For a complete list of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events in April, visit the BRHD website at blueridgehd.org.

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