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State vaccine site goes live

The state’s new COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration website has gone live, allowing people to sign up online, check their status and get more information about the vaccine process.

Those who have pre-registered through their local health district have been automatically imported into the new system, though the Virginia Department of Health notes that data migration is taking place throughout the week and it may take a few days for someone’s name to appear in the central pre-registration database.

The status of anyone who has pre-registered will not be affected, and they will still be on the list.

The state department of health cautioned that those visiting the site Feb. 16 may not immediately be able to log into the site and should try again if not successful, as it expected millions of visits.

Currently, the state is vaccinating people in Phase 1A and 1B, though the COVID-19 vaccine is in short supply.

While the state noted it would also launch its call center, and the phone number for it, Feb. 17, the phone number for it had already been posted for it Tuesday at the state health department website, vdh.virginia.gov and on the Western Tidewater Health District’s website. The phone number is 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).

Gov. Ralph Northam, during a press conference, is expected to provide more information about it, along with information about the new online pre-registration process.

People seeking a vaccine appointment with CVS must continue to register for those appointments through the CVS Pharmacy website.

More than 12% of the state’s population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and with demand outpacing supply, the state health department said it is expected to take at least several months for everyone who wants to get vaccinated.

The state is prioritizing those in Phase 1B — those age 65 and up, frontline essential workers, those who live and work in homeless shelters, people in correctional facilities and migrant labor camps, and people with high-risk medical conditions.

Local health departments, including in Western Tidewater, had closed their vaccination pre-registration forms Friday evening at 5 p.m. to prepare for existing waiting lists to be imported to the new system.

The state’s pre-registration website is at vaccinate.virginia.gov.