Health District begins COVID-19 vaccinations to first responders, healthcare professionals
The Chickahominy Health District, which includes the Hanover Health Department, has received an initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccine and has connected with Hanover Fire/EMS, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police, Hanover County Public Schools Nurses, and local healthcare professionals to schedule and administer the Moderna vaccine. The Hanover Health Department started to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders and healthcare professionals today, January 5, 2021. These groups were identified as part of Phase 1a by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP).
At this time, two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine, have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and recommended by CDC. These vaccines come in several smaller shipments, and there is currently limited supply. Additional doses are expected in early 2021 and will be provided to more Virginians, but the exact timeline is not yet known. For the full story read here. For more information about the Virginia Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Response plan read here. For answers to frequently asked questions read here.