About 40% of Fairfax County residents 16 and older are now eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment after Virginia expanded phase 1b to include anyone 65 and older as well as people with medical conditions or a disability that puts them at high risk of severe illness if they contract the disease.
Eligible populations now include:
- Healthcare workers and long-term care facility employees
- People age 65 and older
- People who are 16-64 years old and have high-risk medical conditions
- Essential frontline workers, including school staff, corrections and homeless shelter workers, grocery store workers, and police, fire, and hazmat first responders
However, the Fairfax County Health Department’s registration system has been plagued by technical issues and struggled keep up with the high demand for the vaccines. In addition, limited supplies mean that even people who are able to register might have to wait months to secure an appointment.
While the process has been less than ideal so far, Fairfax County has administered more than 45,000 vaccine doses, and 4,620 residents have been fully vaccinated, as of Jan. 20, according to Virginia Department of Health data.
Have you been able to successfully register for the COVID-19 vaccine yet? Have you tried to register but been frustrated by the county’s system? If you’re not eligible yet, are you planning to get vaccinated once you are?
Photo by Karen Bolt/Fairfax County Public Schools