Learn when you can get your COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 12:41:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- As doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed to health care workers and those who live and work in long term care facilities, you might be wondering when you will be eligible for a vaccination.

The Virginia Department of Health created this questionnaire that should help provide some answers.

"While the vaccine supply is limited, COVID-19 vaccine will be offered in phases," the questionnaire website informs readers. "People who are more likely to have severe COVID-19 illness and workers that are essential to the functioning of society will be offered the vaccine in the earlier phases."

Some local health departments across Virginia will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines this week for limited portions of the general public as the state begins to move into its second phase of vaccine distribution.

The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Friday that 11 local health districts expect to begin gradually adding vaccination opportunities for people who fall into what’s called Phase 1b of the state’s distribution plan.

That group includes people over age 75, incarcerated people, and frontline essential workers like police, teachers, grocery store workers, and public transit employees.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam also confirmed elected officials will be included in Phase 1b.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.