Norfolk Public Schools employees next to receive COVID-19 vaccine after successful first week in Phase 1b

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 15:48:28-05

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk Public Schools employees will be the next to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) announced Saturday that it will host more closed vaccination clinics next week to vaccinate the 1,900 NPS employees, as well as 400 second doses to people who were eligible in Phase 1a.

NDPH is continuing to vaccinate residents and employees eligible in Phases 1a and 1b. This week, the health department hosted two appointment-only clinics, vaccinating a total of 1,167 people.

“Currently, we are in Phase 1b and we are focusing on the top subgroups in that phase. That includes police, fire, and hazmat, K-12 school staff, childcare workers, as well as individuals 65 years of age and older. We are also continuing to vaccinate Phase 1a individuals,” says Norfolk Health District Director Dr. Demetria Lindsay. “During these vaccination clinics, we use every dose available, and none go to waste.”

Preregistration online is the first step in getting an appointment for anyone eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can do that by clicking this link. If you need help submitting the preregistration form online, call 757-664-SHOT (7468).

Officials with NDPH and the City of Norfolk say they have received more than 16,500 preregistration forms and more than 1,600 telephone inquiries since the city moved to Phase 1b on January 25. Due to the large number of requests, they say it may take 4-8 weeks to receive a notification to schedule an appointment.

The preferred method to contact you will be by email; however, if you do not have an email address, you will be notified by phone.

You are asked to arrive at your scheduled appointment time and bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s license, and proof of qualification, such as a work ID, to verify eligibility.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. You are asked to not show up to the vaccination clinic without an appointment or you will be turned away.

Related: List of Hampton Roads and surrounding areas COVID-19 vaccination plans

To maintain social distancing for everyone’s protection and to limit crowding and long waits, you will not be allowed into the building until 15 – 20 minutes before your appointment time. If you arrive early, you should stay in your car. If you requested a vaccine through the health department but have already received the vaccine, please notify the health department at 757-683-2745 as soon as possible to release the appointment slot to the next eligible person.

Dr. Lindsay discusses possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine in the video below:

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

If you have general COVID-19 questions, you can call the Norfolk COVID-19 hotline at 757-683-2745.

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