Now that this part of the Valley has officially shifted to vaccinating people in Phase 2, area adults — including college students — are lining up to get their shots. The Central Shenandoah Health District spent three months working to vaccinate those in Phase 1b, which included first responders, grocery store workers, food processing and agriculture workers — including those who work in area poultry plants — and adults with underlying health issues and all those over 65. It only took 10 days to get through those in Phase 1c, which includes other essential workers, in the area because it was a smaller group and vaccine doses were more available.
As Virginia continues vaccinating groups 1a and 1b, nursing students from area schools are helping the Public Health District’s effort to deliver vaccines while also getting valuable real-world experience.
The Citizen has developed an automated tracker that summarizes and offers readers visualizations of vaccine data published by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). When the VDH updates its datasets each day, these charts will also display the latest figures. Vaccination rates are calculated using 2019 data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.
About 20% of the Central Shenandoah Valley’s residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose so far, said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for this area’s public health district.
After Sentara RMH turned away Christina Rivera from a vaccination appointment nearly two weeks ago, the hospital administration has since apologized, rescheduled her vaccination and will use the situation as part of diversity training for staff.
A Valley minister was set to get her vaccine. Instead, she says, hospital security escorted her out.
Christina Rivera, part of the senior lead ministry team at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, registered for a vaccine and received an appointment to receive it at Sentara RMH. When she arrived, Rivera, who is Latina, said she was denied the vaccine and eventually escorted out of the hospital by security.
K-12 teachers are among those next in line for vaccinations in Harrisonburg, as the Central Shenandoah Health District moves into phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Getting them all immunized over the next few weeks will take the coordinated effort of the school division’s team of 10 nurses, who have now been trained through Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps as COVID-19 vaccinators.