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Richmond, Henrico Health Districts will move to Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccinations Monday – 8News

Posted: January 13, 2021 at 12:15 pm


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) Local health districts in the Richmond area (Chesterfield, Chickahominy, Henrico, and Richmond) will move into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, January 18, according to Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginias COVID-19 distribution program.

The news came late Tuesday evening as health departments urgently move to increase vaccination output across the state.

Previously, health officials said Richmond and Henrico Health Districts would not enter phase 1b until February. Last week, though, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam urged health departments to move quickly and set a daily goal to increase vaccinations from 10,000 people to 25,000 people.

Phase 1b will prioritize essential frontline workers and people over the age of 75, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Police officers, firefighters, K-12 teachers, correctional officers, and grocery store workers are among the top of the priority list. However, VDH said overlap of vaccination of groups is expected to ensure people in Phase 1b are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Across the country, federal officials are also working to increase vaccine output after a slower than expected start. Officials with Operation Warp Speed are recommending all people over 65 and with underlying conditions be granted access to the vaccine.

Its unclear as of early Wednesday morning if Virginia will follow this recommendation.

To find out what vaccination phase you are in, you can take a quiz of VDHs website.

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will move into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, January 18, according to Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginia's COVID-19 distribution program.

VCU Health is moving full steam ahead continuing to vaccinate frontline workers, on Tuesday the medical facility announced certain VCU students are now also eligible for the vaccine.

Unlike in 2020, when the debate over lockdowns often split along party lines, both Democratic and Republican leaders are signaling their opposition to forced closings and other measures.

California's Disneyland Resort is set to become a COVID-19 vaccination "super site" as the park remains closed to visitors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States effective January 26.

Virginia Commonwealth University students with direct patient contact will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as today.

UVA Health announced Tuesday that starting Jan. 13, visitors will not be allowed inside the center. They said this decision was made to protect their patients and team members as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Charlottesville and across the state.

The University of Richmond announced Tuesday morning that it was pausing it's men's basketball program due to COVID-19.

The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, officials said Tuesday.

The death toll is now at 5,477 after deaths in the commonwealth increased by 84. This is the second-highest number of deaths reported since the pandemic started.

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