Demand for vaccines for COVID-19 is extraordinarily high while supplies are limited. As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is ramping up vaccination efforts in our region and expanding what groups are eligible. Click on the link to submit your information and get in line for a vaccine.
Effective on March 16, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District announced that it has moved to Phase 1c of vaccine eligibility requirements. In addition to everyone in Phases 1a (which primarily includes healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities) and 1b (which includes those over age 65, other essential workers, and those with health conditions), the following groups of essential workers are now eligible to be vaccinated:
|Energy||Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff||Public Safety (Engineers)|
|Housing and Construction||Finance||Other Public Health Workers|
|Water, Wastewater, and Waste Removal||Information Technology & Communication|
|Transportation & Logistics||Legal Services|
Even as supply increases and more members of the community have been vaccinated, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is providing vaccines by appointment only. Those who are eligible under any of the first three phases can pre-register at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ or by calling 877-829-4682.
The Virginia Department of Health is expecting that anyone who lives or works in Virginia will be eligible for a vaccine in phase 2, which is expected to begin around May 1. If you operate a high traffic area please consider printing this document (click on picture for PDF) to help our residents learn more about how to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Updated, Statewide Pre-Registration Portal
On February 16 the Virginia Department of Health launched a centralized, statewide portal for COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration. If you have already pre-registered through one of the local portals your information is being transferred to this statewide database. Those who have not yet pre-registered under Phase 1-B or 1-C should use this new portal to get their name on the list.
A few important notes:
- Those who have signed up through the local portals do not need to register again. Your information is being transferred to the statewide database.
- Those who are in the database should be able to check the status of their registration and confirm that they are in fact on the list. If you search with the contact information you originally provided and find that you are not in the database, don't worry yet. Data is still being imported from all the local health districts. DO NOT sign up again at this time.
- Demand is still extremely high and supplies are limited, and everyone who gets a vaccine must get two doses. Please remain patient and do not contact the Health Department once you know your name is on the list.
- How do I register for a COVID-19 vaccine?
- Who is eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 2?
- Once I pre-register, how long should I expect to wait before getting vaccinated?
- I've pre-registered online - now what?
- What is considered an underlying health condition?
- I have questions about the effectiveness or safety of the vaccine - what should I do?
- Someone I know doesn't have internet access. Can I sign them up?
Important Notes about Online Pre-Registration
Phase 1-C Qualifications
When Will Other Groups Be Eligible for the Vaccine?
To maintain continuity of government and to ensure that Pittsylvania County services can continue uninterrupted, some Pittsylvania County employees have been able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and all volunteer fire and EMS personnel have been offered the chance to take it. Below are a few employees and volunteers explaining why they chose to accept the COVID-19 vaccine when it was offered to them. #PittCoVaccinated
Kenneth Glass, Corporal with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office
Vic Ingram, Supervisor for the Tunstall District, chose to accept the vaccine because he is 64, has pre-existing health conditions, had many friends contract the virus, and had a family member who nearly died from it during a month-long stay in the hospital.
"Personally I think it's an obligation I have as a leader," he said. "I feel like it's my responsibility to lead by example, which includes taking the vaccine and following all the safety practices."
Alan Casper, Deputy Chief of EMS at Gretna Fire and Rescue
Alan Casper, the Deputy Chief of EMS at Gretna Fire and Rescue, has been exposed to COVID-19, forcing him to quarantine - and forefit the ability to run calls - multiple times during the pandemic. He decided to take the vaccine to protect his family and to make sure that he can continue to serve the public.
"It just makes sense to take the vaccine."
Bob received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week.