RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health released a more detailed outline Wednesday of who will be eligible for vaccinations in the next two phases of the state’s efforts. The first round of vaccinations, which Virginia currently is in, prioritizes health care workers and long-term care residents and staff.
Here’s what the next two phases will look like:
» Front-line essential workers, people age 75-plus, people in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps
» Front-line essential workers are defined in this instance as those at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure who can’t work remotely and are not health care personnel.
This is the order in which these workers will be reached out to:
» Police, fire, hazmat
» Corrections and homeless shelter workers
» Child care, K-12 teachers and staff
» Food and agriculture
» Grocery store
» Public transit workers
» USPS and private mail carriers
» Essential workers, people age 75 and older and those in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps can access vaccinations through their local health departments, health care systems and pharmacies. This group is expected to start vaccinations by February.
» Other essential workers, people ages 65 to 74 and people older than the age of 16 with a condition or disability that makes them high risk for COVID-19
Under this phase, essential industries are prioritized in the following order:
» Water and wastewater
» Housing construction
» Food service
» Higher education faculty and staff
» Legal services
» Public safety engineers
» Other public health workers
» Officials needed to maintain continuity of government
These essential workers are expected to receive the vaccine through employer-based vaccination clinics, but others can receive them through local health care providers and pharmacies. Same goes for people ages 16 through 74 with high risk conditions or disabilities. More information is expected in the coming weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention frequently updates its list of medical conditions that qualify. These include cancer, chronic kidney disease, pregnancy, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
— Sabrina Moreno