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January 11, 2021

Broader vaccine rollout should start next week

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As of Friday, the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District had administered vaccine to about 1,000 frontline healthcare workers and first responders in the five-county region.
We plan to evolve (soon) to a larger site with pop-up events in other counties and/or Saturday availability. We continue to recruit staff and volunteers, and look forward to the time when vaccine is distributed to medical providers and pharmacies as well.
— Dr. Wade Kartchner, health district medical director
COVID-19 vaccinations should go to a broader portion of this region’s population next week, according to the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District medical director.

“When Phase 1B is launched, it will include frontline essential workers, such K-12 teachers and staff, grocery store workers, migrant farmworkers, corrections facility employees and people who are incarcerated, and those working or living in homeless shelters,” Dr. Wade Kartchner said in a Virginia Department of Health press release. “Additionally, people over the age of 75 will be vaccinated in this stage. We anticipate this launch to occur the week of January 18.”

VDH seeks information via online survey from:

Employers of frontline workers “directly involved in public-facing, face-to-face interactions.” Participants will “be placed on our list of employers requesting COVID-19 vaccinations for their staff.”

Citizens 75 or older living in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District. The “form is only to notify the Health Department of your specific demographics. It does not automatically schedule a vaccination appointment.”

The district includes Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.

“DO NOT fill out more than one survey,” Dr. Kartchner said. “We will be in touch when more information is available.”

By Friday, Jan. 8, “the RRHD team will have vaccinated nearly 1,000 frontline healthcare workers and first responder staff at a central location in the district,” Dr. Kartchner said. “Through the dedication and hard work of our vaccination team and in collaboration with Culpeper Medical Center – Novant Health UVA and Fauquier Health, we anticipate reaching most of the Phase 1a group by the end of next week (Jan. 15).

“We plan to evolve (soon) to a larger site with pop-up events in other counties and/or Saturday availability. We continue to recruit staff and volunteers, and look forward to the time when vaccine is distributed to medical providers and pharmacies as well.”

For vaccination priority, these and other employment categories meet “essential” agency requirements:

• Police, Fire, Hazmat
• Corrections and homeless shelter workers
• Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
• Food and Agriculture (Food Packaging and Distribution)
• Manufacturing
• Grocery Store Workers
• Public Transportation Workers
• Mail carriers (USPS and private)
• 911 Emergency Communications Center
• Local Government Officials

“Although some may be getting a COVID-19 vaccine now, everyone is encouraged to continue safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Kartchner said. “Continue to wear cloth face-coverings or masks, stay at least six feet away from others, wash your hands well and often, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household.”

Phase 1C, expected to launch in late spring, encompasses other essential workers, those age 65 and up, and anyone 16 to 65 with underlying medical conditions.

Fauquier Health started vaccinating its nurses and other frontline healthcare workers in mid-December.

In a press conference last Wednesday, Dec. 6, Gov. Ralph Northam set a goal of reaching 50,000 vaccinations per day in Virginia and pledged greater “transparency” as the program expands to reach the general population.

As of Monday morning, 189,283 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia, including 1,181 in Fauquier.

Vaccination requires two shots, weeks apart. As of Monday morning, 15,130 Virginians had received both rounds of the vaccine.

> Centers for Disease Control and Protection vaccine information

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DougF · January 12, 2021 at 7:33 pm
The only way to rapidly end the constant drumbeat of COVID-19 deaths is to target and allocate vaccinations to those people most at risk of death. Advanced age is the primary risk factor. In the past eight days 75% of deaths were in people over 70 years old.

The elderly were not prioritized in Phase 1A unless they were in long term care.

In the next phase, Phase 1B, those 75 and older are will qualify for vaccination, but they will have to compete for scarce vaccines with:

• Police, Fire, Hazmat
• Corrections and homeless shelter workers
• Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
• Food and Agriculture (Food Packaging and Distribution)
• Manufacturing
• Grocery Store Workers
• Public Transportation Workers
• Mail carriers (USPS and private)
• 911 Emergency Communications Center
• Local Government Officials

Is Virginia's vaccine rationing scheme keyed to reducing death? If so, why are all of these groups with much less risk competing for vaccines with the elderly?
Linda Ward · January 12, 2021 at 10:11 am
Time to pull the plug on a few people posting here. They are brain dead.
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 9:53 am
Deno, I'll try to help.
Nazi's forced labeling. Trumpists self-own. Understand?
You probably don't understand. Sorry.
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 9:50 am
Poor Deno. I feel bad.
You were cheated out of an education.
Spell check will help you.
Denosthenes · January 12, 2021 at 6:40 am
QUOTE: badelectronics · January 9, 2021 at 10:16 am
Blue line American flag stickers?
Punisher? Dixie Flag? You have been labeled.
Insurrectionist. Good luck job hunting!!!
END QUOTE

You are goo little nNazi, aren't you? Whats next? Yellow stars? Concentration camps for reeducation? Liberals are truly disgusting sub-human beings.
Silii · January 12, 2021 at 6:21 am
Why late spring? It should be sooner.
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