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The Virginia Dermatology Society would like to offer this guidance to our members regarding receiving the Covid-19 vaccine for yourself and for your staff:
If you are employed in a private practice, you must contact your local health department to register for the Covid-19 vaccines for staff and providers. The VDS has secured a list of Vaccine Coordinators in the Commonwealth - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure that list.
Virginia is now vaccinating Phase 1A, in alignment with the CDC Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices. The Virginia Department of Health is prioritizing these first vaccinations for CDC-defined Healthcare Personnel and Long-term Care Facility residents.
If you are an active practicing provider, first, visit the Virginia Department of Health website using this link. Find your Health District and EMAIL or CALL your district office. Include your name and practice info and a statement that you are requesting the vaccine for your practice/providers and staff. If you don’t hear anything in a day or so, call or email and ask again. Don’t be afraid to be a squeaky wheel!
Additionally, in some cases, health systems and local health districts are partnering together and those health systems are able to vaccinate providers who are not under their umbrella. We suggest reaching out to the healthcare system(s) in your area.
Finally, the VDH has set up a call center: 877-ASK-VDH3.
The Medical Society of Virginia staff has been working with relevant partners and stakeholders to learn any pertinent and timely information about the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution. Visit this page for regular updates.
Decisions to resume non-urgent procedures and surgeries that require PPE will be specific to each physicians’ office. VDS strives to provide its members resources to protect themselves, their patients, and their staff. We have compiled some tips and suggestions from VDS Board members for your review and consideration.