More than one-third of Halifax County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a higher rate than the nearly 25% of Virginians overall.
The latest figures from the Virginia Department of Health show 11,677 doses have been administered to local residents. There are about 35,500 residents in Halifax County, population data indicates.
About 10% of the county is considered fully vaccinated, meaning residents have either received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Across the commonwealth, more than 13% of Virginians are now fully vaccinated.
The vaccines started flowing in the arms of mostly health care workers in late December, termed Phase 1a. By mid-January, shots expanded to more essential employees and residents 65 and older in what’s known as Phase 1b.
The Southside Health District moved into Phase 1c last week, making even more essential employees eligible for the vaccine.
An analysis of data shows more women in the county have received at least one dose compared to men, a trend also seen across the state.
Locally, the 60 to 69 age group is the most popular with the vaccine with 2,145 doses administered to those in that group.
A phone number has been established to register anyone wanting to attend a first-dose mass vaccine clinic Saturday at Halifax County High School.
In addition to emailing SHRHCOVID19@sentara.com to schedule an appointment, individuals also can call 434-222-1049.
The event is being hosted by Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital and the Virginia Department of Health and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be a second dose clinic on April 17.
The clinic will vaccinate people eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1c as prioritized by guidance by the Virginia Department of Health, with an emphasis on underserved minority populations for whom access may be a challenge.
Sentara will continue to work in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and local health districts to support future vaccine clinics for eligible community members. The hospital is encouraging those who are eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1c to sign up to receive the vaccine through vaccinate.virginia.gov.
While Sentara will continue to vaccinate eligible patients and community members as vaccine supply allows, they may be able to receive the vaccine through their health department sooner than with their provider.
Halifax County added five new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday to make the seven-day rolling average about eight cases a day. Just as a comparison, the county averaged five new daily cases on Dec. 1.
Across the state, daily inflections have leveled off to more than 1,400 a day.
Halifax County’s positivity rate has fallen to 8.33%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate measures the number of positive results against the overall COVID-19 tests administered.
The CDC still has Halifax County listed in highest level risk for community transmission.