NORFOLK, Va. - The Virginia Department of Health launched a new statewide vaccination registration website on Tuesday morning.
The new site, vaccinate.virginia.gov, appeared to have technical issues on Tuesday morning with it either not loading or loading slowly. In a press release, VDH said they expected millions of unique visitors on Tuesday and IT is working to address any issues.
The site will be a "one-stop-shop" where people in Virginia can pre-register for a vaccine appointment, check to make sure they are pre-registered, and get additional information.
The site combines data from local health departments to create a centralized site.
If you have pre-registered with your local health department, your information will be transferred to the new site, but it could still take a few days for your name to appear there. "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 release said.
The system does not book you an appointment, but notifies you when you become eligible to get a vaccine. Currently, Virginia is in Phase 1b of vaccinations. The process of getting through 1b is expected to take a few months.
Virginia is also launching a phone hotline to help people without access to a computer. Gov. Northam will announce more details on that during a press conference on Wednesday.