CORRECTION: Alexandria Health Department Pre-Registering High-Risk Groups for Future Vaccine Clinics

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This story has been updated. 1/8/2021, 11:11 a.m.

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is currently pre-registering groups at high-risk for COVID-19 for future vaccine clinics

City of Alexandria spokesperson Craig T. Fifer told The Zebra Press via email that the purpose of the form is to register people for Phases 1b and 1c, “so they can be contacted once the vaccine is available to them.”

Because vaccine quantities are limited, AHD plans to target the below groups, according to risk of exposure and illness. The following text is directly from the registration form.

“Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c Priority Organizations Include: Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff, Corrections and Homeless Shelters, Energy, Finance, Agriculture, Food Service, Grocery Store Workers, Housing Construction, Information Technology and Communications, Institutions of Higher Education Faculty and Staff, Legal, Mail Carriers (USPS and Private), Manufacturing, Media, Officials Needed to Maintain Continuity of Government, Other Public Health Workers, Police, Fire, Hazmat Workers, Public Safety (Engineers), Public Transit Workers, Transportation and Logistics, Water and Wastewater.

“Individuals at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

If you are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (see list below), please complete this registration form. If you have questions, please call the AHD hotline at 703.746.4988 for further assistance.

Older adults from the following age groups:Age 75 years and older, Age 65-74.

Individuals age 16-64 with the following conditions: Cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Additionally, adults age 16-64 with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, liver disease, overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2), pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), thalassemia (a type of blood disorder), type 1 diabetes mellitus, asthma (moderate-to-severe), cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), cystic fibrosis, hypertension or high blood pressure, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines.”

What to Expect

After completing the form, people will be contacted by phone and instructed on how to make an appointment for inoculation.

Questions? Call the AHD hotline at 703-746-4988 or visit alexandriava.gov/health/info/default.aspx?id=119270.

To learn more about eligibility and complete the form, click HERE.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This is an extremely frustrating process. I am a 1a provider, but in my own private practice. I had to search two solid days to figure out to get vaccinated. Finally, I had to go through another local state in the DC, MD, VA area to even get registered on the CDC site, because Virginia never even let me in to schedule a vaccine. I FINALLY got the first dose of vaccine after 5 separate tries (as a 1a healthcare provider), and then came home to schedule the second shot ASAP, as directed by the health department. I have been completely unable to schedule any sort of appointment for the second vaccine. WHY is this is impossible?

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