ALEXANDRIA, VA-There is great news for those still waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia. Gov. Ralph S. Northam announced Thursday that all residents 16 years and older will be eligible beginning Sunday, April 18.
With this news, nearly every individual in a high-risk group has received a vaccination appointment. People still on the waitlist will have appointments within the next two weeks. More than 3.7 million doses have been administered in the state so far, and one in five Virginians are fully vaccinated.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel—and that light is getting brighter every day as more and more Virginians get vaccinated,” said Governor Northam. “Expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to put this pandemic behind us, and I thank all of the public health staff, health care workers, vaccinators, and volunteers who have helped make this possible.”
President Joseph R. Biden has set a nationwide goal of May 1 for expanding eligibility.
All who live or work in Virginia should pre-register to be notified when appointments become available. To pre-register, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Videoconferencing in American Sign Language is also available at vaccinate.virginia.gov.