Deputy County Administrator Jim Taylor told the Board of Supervisors on March 24 that that nearly 44,000 COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered to Hanover County residents, up nearly 12,000 in just two weeks. Nearly 16,000 Hanover residents have been fully vaccinated now, up nearly 5,000 in two weeks.
Hanover has been focusing on seniors 75 and up and 65 and up. Anyone who is in those age ranges who has pre-registered through the Virginia Department of Health should call 365-3240 (the County’s COVID-19 Call Center) and staff there will help you make an appointment. Hanover’s call center is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.
County officials believe that about 70% of adults in the County will want to receive the vaccine. Seventy percent of the County’s adult population equals 61,600 people. With the numbers reported to the Board on March 24, the County is at 75% of the goal for first doses, and about 25% of this population is now fully vaccinated.
About 72% of seniors age 70 and above have received the vaccine so far, Taylor estimated.
In addition to the vaccination clinics being offered in the former Food Lion building in the Ashland Junction Shopping Center, a number of pharmacies and doctor’s office are now offering the vaccine. They might charge an administrative fee; the vaccination doses offered at the County clinic is free.
People can use www.vaccinefinder.org to help them look for appointments at pharmacies and medical offices.
Looking ahead, Taylor told the Board that the county is continuing to work through Group 1b, including those with medical conditions, over the next few weeks. Group 1c should start in a couple of weeks. Occupations covered in Group 1c includes those in energy; water, wastewater and waste removal; housing and construction; food service; transportation and logistics; and institutions of higher learning (faculty and staff). Also, finance; information technology and communication; media; legal services; public safety (including engineers); and other public health workers.
He estimated that members of the general population that have not been included in the previous groups could begin to be vaccinated in May.
“We will scale up as more vaccine becomes available to us,” said Board chairman Sean Davis.
It may take several months before all Hanover residents who want the vaccine can receive it.
See this page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccinations and much more information.
Here is the state’s website for pre-registration and other information. The state’s call center number is 1-877-VAX-IN VA (877-829-4682). The County’s COVID-19 call center number is 365-3240.
Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Summary page.