The Virginia Department of Health on Tuesday launched a new, centralized website that allows Virginians to easily pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine: Vaccinate.Virginia.gov.
This one-stop-shop website allows individuals to pre-register online, check that they are pre-registered, and access additional information on Virginia’s vaccination roll-out.
Virginians who have previously pre-registered through their local health district have been automatically imported into the new system and do not need to pre-register again. Data migration is continuing throughout the week, and it may take several days for your name to appear in the centralized system. Everyone who has previously registered is still on the list, and their status will not be affected.
The Virginia Department of Health expected millions of unique visits to the site on Tuesday, and IT teams addressed back-end components as needed throughout the day. Anyone who could not get through immediately should try again.
Recognizing that many Virginians are uncomfortable or unable to pre-register online, the Virginia Department of Health also launched an accompanying hotline number on Wednesday. Gov. Ralph Northam provided additional information about this hotline, in addition to the new online tools, at a press conference on Wednesday.
Due to technological limits with CVS Pharmacy’s national appointment system, Virginians must continue to register for CVS appointments through the CVS Pharmacy website.
Virginia has vaccinated over 12% of the population with at least one dose. Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine currently far outstrips supply, and it is expected to take several months to reach all who want to be vaccinated. Virginia is prioritizing people who qualify for Phase 1B: people age 65 and older; frontline essential workers; those living and working in homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and migrant labor camps; and individuals with high-risk medical conditions.