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Blue Ridge Health District changes COVID-19 vaccine registration process

Crystal Graham
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If you live in the City of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson and need a COVID-19 vaccine, the process to requesting an appointment has changed effective immediately.

The Blue Ridge Health District is requesting that community members call the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department or local health department to make an appointment to ensure proper doses.

“This process has already proven successful at our other local health departments,” according to BRHD.

To make an appointment:

  • Charlottesville/Albemarle County: (434) 972-6269
  • Fluvanna County: (434) 591-1960
  • Greene County: (434) 985-2262
  • Louisa County: (540) 967-3703
  • Nelson County: (434) 263-8315

Vaccine guidance

  • Adults ages 65 and older and immunocompromised people can get an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose.
  • Monovalent (original) COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will no longer be recommended for use in the U.S. Children or adults who wish to be vaccinated but have not received COVID-19 vaccines in the past will now be vaccinated with the bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
  • CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 years and older receive a bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals ages 6 years and older who have already received a bivalent mRNA vaccine do not need to take any action unless they are 65 years or older or immunocompromised.
  • For young children, multiple doses continue to be recommended and will vary by age, vaccine, and which vaccines were previously received.

Health departments have limited vaccine clinics, according to BRHD. Vaccines are available at local healthcare providers, pharmacies and clinics throughout the region.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.