Q & A regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine (Updated 01-28-2021)

Q & A regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine (Updated 01-28-2021)

Questions & Answers

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The following are commonly asked “Questions” and corresponding “Answers” related to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Prince George County, prepared by County Government Administrative Staff as of January 28.

Q. Who is responsible for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. The Crater Health District (CDH), which includes Prince George County, is taking its direction from the Virginia Department of Health. Each local government within the CHD is supporting the distribution efforts by identifying sites and support. No distribution decisions are being made by the Prince George County Board of Supervisors or County Administration.

Q. Who has received the vaccine at this point?
A. In Prince George County, the vaccine has been distributed on three different dates January 8, 16 and 23 to those identified to be in category 1A, and some spillover into category 1B.  Those receiving the vaccine were registered with the health department through the Vaccine Administrative Management System (VAMS).  The Crater Health District is moving to a new system – PrepMod. Vaccines have been administered to date to people residing in Prince George County and other localities in the Crater Health District.

Q. Who are priority groups that will next receive the vaccine?

A. Governor Northam announced at a press conference on Wednesday that 50 percent of future vaccines will be go to people ages 65 and over; and 50 percent will go to people identified as (a) frontline essential workers in priority order; (b) people with high risk medical conditions; and (c) people in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant workers.

Q. How can the rest of the public receive information on registration?
A. The public can receive registration information by utilizing a web link: www.VDH.JEBBIT.com or email CraterCOVID19Vaccination@vdh.virginia.gov or call (804) 862-8989.  Virginia is reaching out to neighboring states and the District of Columbia to ensure consistency in this approach. Assistance in English, Spanish, and other languages is also available through the VDH Call Center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). Appointments will be available as soon as they open and the vaccine is available.  Governor Northam also said in his press conference Wednesday that he is establishing a statewide call center to assist with the large volume of calls related to registration for the vaccine.

Q. How many doses of the vaccine do you have to take for it to be effective?

A. Two different shots on two different dates.

Q. If I have received my first vaccine, am I guaranteed to receive my second one in a timely manner?
A. The Crater Health District announced earlier today that getting people their second vaccine is a priority within the 28-day period from receiving the first vaccine.

Q. What is the future schedule for distribution in Prince George County?
A. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Prince George High School until the public receives the vaccines.

Q. In there a contact number in Prince George County Government to assist people with registering or general questions?
A. Yes, County Administration at (804) 722-8600.

Q. How can I volunteer to help support this critical pandemic situation?
A.  Volunteers are being accepted to administer shots to the public after first being trained by the Crater Health District.  Other volunteer situations are greeters, people to do paper work and other on-site tasks.  Any amount of time that can be given will be appreciated.

Q. Can I get tested for COVID-19 when I receive the vaccine?
A. No. There are separate test sites planned for testing.  See the Prince George County website at www.princegeorgecountyva.gov for dates for testing.