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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:
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:
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/.