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Posted on: March 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Mayor urges citizens to sign up now for vaccine

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Mayor Alonzo Jones is encouraging all citizens to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying the Community Vaccination Center in the former JCPenney space at the Danville Mall offers a prime opportunity for those eligible now.

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District announced on Tuesday that it is vaccinating those in Phase 1c, while continuing to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1a and 1b. Vaccines remain available only by pre-registration and appointment.

“The Community Vaccination Center is scheduling appointments for those who have pre-registered,” Jones said. “You cannot get an appointment unless you have pre-registered, so please sign up now. With the center being in Danville, the opportunity to receive a vaccine is not going to be any more convenient than now.”

To pre-register, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call the COVID Vaccine Hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).

Phase 1a prioritizes health care personnel and those in long-term care facilities. Phase 1b prioritizes those 65 and older and frontline essential workers and people who are at increased risk of severe illness (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html).

Phase 1c includes other essential workers, in this order: 

  1. Energy
  2. Water, wastewater, and waste removal workers (includes recycling removal workers)
  3. Housing and Construction
  4. Food Service
  5. Transportation and Logistics
  6. Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff
  7. Finance
  8. Information Technology & Communication
  9. Media
  10. Legal Services
  11. Public Safety (engineers)
  12. Other Public Health Workers

All phases are identified in detail at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/. Overlap of vaccination of phases may occur to ensure people in each phase are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Everyone is encouraged to pre-register, so that when your vaccine is available, you can get it as quickly as possible,” said Scott J. Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Pittsylvania/Danville and Southside Health Districts.

If you receive an appointment for a vaccine, please follow these guidelines at the vaccination site:

  • Please plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your appointment time. You will not be allowed in early to receive your vaccine.
  • No walk-ins will be accepted. Please pre-register to be contacted for an appointment.
  • Please plan to bring a copy of your invitation (email or text) or proof of your name.

The Community Vaccination Center is open six days per week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

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