Vaccinations

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
Food Service Media
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. Vaccine Clinic FAQ  Opens in new window

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. 

Important Notes about Online Pre-Registration

Here is some important information that you should know about online pre-registration

  • Only those who are eligible under Phases 1a, 1b and 1c of the COVID-19 Vaccination efforts can submit their information through this online portal, which was developed by the City of Danville and the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. If you are unsure of your eligibility under phase 1, please utilize this resource from the Virginia Department of Health.
  • Those who work in law enforcement, fire and hazmat, corrections, education, or at homeless shelters SHOULD NOT fill out the online form. The Health Department is working directly with these different agencies to ensure that vaccines are provided for employees, so there is no need for individuals to contact the Health Department. 
  • Submitting your information DOES NOT guarantee you a vaccine or schedule an appointment for you. This simply gives the Pittsylvania-Danville Health Department your information so that they can contact you when a vaccine does become available for you. You will either be contacted by phone or email, depending on what contact information you provide. 
  • Due to extremely high demand and limited supply, please expect SIGNIFICANT WAIT TIMES. It could take weeks for the Health Departments and months before a vaccine becomes available for you. 
  • Once you submit your information, DO NOT attempt to contact the Health Department by phone or email to check the status of your vaccine. Please be patient as the Health Department is dealing with unprecedented call volume. 
  • If you have friends or family who are eligible to accept the vaccine under Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c but do not have internet access or computer literacy, please submit the online form for them. The Health Department phone lines are overwhelmed with callers at this time. However, it is important that each person only fill out the form once.

Phase 1-C Qualifications

Our region, along with the majority of the State of Virginia, is currently under Phase 1-C of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. This means that the following groups, as well as those that were previously eligible under Phase 1-A and 1-B, are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time: 

  • Anyone over the age of 65
  • Individuals ages 16-64 with high risk medical conditions 
  • Many essential workers were eligible under phase 1-b, including first responders, those working in correctional facilities, food and agriculture and grocery store workers, education personnel, and mail carriers. Under Phase 1-C, the following essential workers are now eligible: energy, water and wastewater, housing and construction, food service, transportation and logistics, higher education, finance, information technology & communication, media, legal services, and other public health workers. 

When Will Other Groups Be Eligible for the Vaccine?

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is following guidance from the Virginia Department of health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the fact that certain groups are more at-risk of experiencing the most severe effects of COVID-19, the national vaccine distribution process has priortized these at-risk groups. Production and distribution efforts are being ramped up. Our Health District moved into Phase 1-C, which includes many other essential workers, on March 16, and the Virginia Health Department is expecting to expand eligibility to everyone that works and lives in the state around May 1. The Health Department is asking people to remain patient and continue to follow all the safety protocols: 

  • Wash your hands often and well
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet with those outside of your household
  • Wear a mask when in public or when with others outside of your household 

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District and the Virginia Department of Health are also working with other organizations that will be the primary distributors of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you have any other questions about the vaccine distribution process, please consult the Virginia Department of Health website.

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PittCoVaccinated

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

  1. Kenneth Glass
  2. Mike Neal
  3. Vic Ingram
  4. Alan Casper
  5. Bob Warren

Kenneth Glass, Corporal with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

Corporal Kenneth Glass has been with the Pittsylvania CouCorporal Kenneth Glass for PittCo Vaccinatednty Sheriff's Office for 16 years and in law enforcement for 37. As the corporal in charge of civil processing, Glass is around a lot of people on a daily basis, which is a big reason why he decided to accept the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available to him.
"Anything that can minimize you catching the virus is a plus. It's something good. I know people hesitate about how quick they put it together, but right now I can say so far it's safe to take it."