COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has defined eligible groups to be vaccinated by establishing vaccination prioritization guidelines. State government is responsible for rolling out the vaccine to the general public. Chesterfield County Government’s role, like that of all other local governments throughout Virginia, is to provide vaccines to Government and Schools employees in accordance with the VDH-defined prioritization guidelines. Residents of long-term care facilities will be vaccinated through a national contract with Walgreens and CVS.

To determine when you may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, use the When Can I Get Vaccinated? tool from VDH. Once you complete the quick questionnaire and submit to VDH, they will contact you regarding when, where and how to get the vaccine.

Local health districts, including the Chesterfield Health District (comprised of Powhatan, Colonial Heights and Chesterfield), are part of the Virginia Department of Health, which is a state agency. The VDH’s health districts form a network throughout Virginia that is being used to roll out the vaccine to citizens. Citizens who have received information from the Chesterfield Health District, or any other local health district, are receiving information from the state.

There is a limited amount of vaccines available nationwide and supply continues to be a challenge.

In accordance with the VDH prioritization guidelines, the county has administered dose one of the vaccine to Chesterfield Fire/EMS, employees of the Employee Medical Center, the jail medical center and the juvenile detention medical center. The county is ordering the vaccine weekly through the health department, but supply is limited. 

On Monday, Jan. 18, Richmond-area health districts including Chesterfield County expanded COVID-19 vaccination efforts, on the recommendation of VDH, to include the first three groups classified under Phase 1b. According to VDH, these groups include frontline essential workers whose specific job functions did not make them eligible for vaccination during Phase 1a. Eligible for vaccinations in Phase 1B will be a wider array of police, fire and hazmat employees; corrections and homeless shelter staff; and childcare and PreK through 12th grade teachers and staff. 

To view the current vaccination phase for the Chesterfield Health District, visit the VDH COVID-19 Vaccine Phase by Health District webpage.

The county will continue to work closely with our local health district and within the state’s vaccination guidelines as the vaccine supply and distribution increases. 

COVID-19 Vaccines: Roles of VDH Chesterfield Health District and Chesterfield County Government

VDH Chesterfield Health District

  • A state entity and division of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
  • The Chesterfield Health District includes Chesterfield County, Powhatan County and the City of Colonial Heights
  • Responsible for following the vaccination priority phases set by VDH
  • Responsible for ordering, distributing and administering the vaccine to all eligible individuals within the district, except hospital systems and long-term care facilities, according to priority phases set by VDH
  • The general public—individuals not included in initial priority phases—will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when it is more widely available
  • Led by Health District Director Dr. Alexander Samuel, MD, MPH

Chesterfield County Government

  • Receives COVID-19 vaccines from the VDH Chesterfield Health District to be given ONLY to eligible employees of Chesterfield County Government and Chesterfield County Public Schools according to the phases set by VDH
  • Assists VDH and Chesterfield Health District in sharing COVID-19-related information to Chesterfield County employees, residents and business owners
  • Administers Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and any future funding, as directed by the federal government
  • Led by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey

Still have questions about the roles of VDH Chesterfield Health District and Chesterfield County in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine? View the Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ webpage

Chesterfield Health District Director Update Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Alexander Samuel, Chesterfield Health District director, presents information on the COVID-19 vaccine information during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Chesterfield Health District includes the counties of Chesterfield and Powhatan and the city of Colonial Heights.

COVID-19 Testing Information

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) provides COVID-19 testing information including who should be tested, how to be tested and the types of tests available. To locate testing sites, view the testing sites map

Additionally, Chesterfield Health Department holds free testing events each month which are available to view on the county calendar. Residents who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as defined by VDH or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are strongly encouraged to attend the free indoor, walk-up testing events. No reservation is necessary.

If you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the sooner you act the better. Visit VDH's COVIDCheck for resources to help protect yourself, your family and your friends as we all work to stop the spread.

COVIDWISE is Virginia’s official exposure notifications app that lets you know if you’ve likely been exposed to another COVIDWISE user with a positive COVID-19 test result.

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