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How to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

How to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines

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Ballad Health’s Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15.

Every part of Virginia is now in Phase 2, which means anyone 16 or older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments can be made through vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-829-4682.

The state site includes a link to VaccineFinder (https://vaccinefinder.org), which allows users to find clinics, pharmacies and other locations in their areas that are currently offering vaccinations. Users can enter their ZIP code and their specific vaccine preference to find locations and contact information for outlets that have those in stock.

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In the Roanoke and New River regions, the largest single-day increases in cases were in Roanoke County, with 86 new cases; Roanoke, with 70; Bedford County, with 38; and Montgomery County, with 34.

Over the weekend, the department said upgrades to its surveillance system would temporarily affect case counts and testing numbers. Sunday's tally also was lower than usual, at 2,258. Over the prior seven days, the state had averaged 4,789 new cases a day.

Another 3,700 weekly doses of COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled to arrive to pharmacies in the Roanoke Valley under the federal pharmacy partnership. Pharmacies will use the health department's wait list to invite people to their clinics.

CVS and Walgreens are finishing delivering doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Virginia's long-term care residents and staff under the federal pharmacy plan. The state has made arrangements to continue vaccinating people who are moving into facilities or those who changed their minds and now want it. It is not known yet what percentage of residents and staff have asked to be vaccinated.

“People get the vaccine and think, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter to me anymore because I’m vaccinated.’ But we really have to be mindful and conscious of the greater population and the people around us because these variants are spreading, and these variants are present in the community. We don’t know exactly how they are going to affect people,” Virginia scientist Logan Fink said.

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