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VDH sending texts, voice messages reminding seniors to get COVID booster

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The Virginia Department of Health is sending seniors age 50+ in the Central Shenandoah Health District text and voice messages reminding them that they are eligible for the COVID-19 bivalent booster shot.

Members of this population will only receive a message if records indicate they are eligible for, but have not yet received, a bivalent booster.

The voice/text messages are just one more way VDH is reaching out to let Virginians know they can get a free bivalent booster at many locations, including health care providers, local pharmacies and health departments around the state.

The message reads: “VA Dept of Health records indicate you are eligible for a COVID-19 bivalent booster. Schedule an appt at or (877) 829-4682.”

Contact information from the resident’s immunization record will determine whether they receive a text message (for mobile numbers) or a phone call (for landlines).

Individuals do not need to wait for this notification to get a bivalent booster.

If you have questions about your eligibility to receive a bivalent booster, or believe you have been contacted in error, contact the VDH call center for a review of your record. Call (877) VAX-IN-VA.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked 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.