COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Chesterfield Health District (CHD) is a division of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The CHD is comprised of the counties of Chesterfield and Powhatan and the city of Colonial Heights. VDH distributes COVID-19 vaccines to local health districts, such as CHD, which then administer the vaccine to eligible individuals within the health district, according to priority phases set by VDH. For current vaccination data for Chesterfield County and the Chesterfield Health District, as well as overall vaccination data for Greater Richmond region localities, visit the Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard. The statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system is available at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

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Chesterfield County COVID-19 Vaccine Information Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Chesterfield Health District?

Visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Chesterfield Health District website for the most current information regarding the vaccination phase in the Chesterfield Health District, which includes the counties of Chesterfield and Powhatan and the City of Colonial Heights. For information on the vaccination phases across Virginia, visit the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response webpage.

Governor Ralph Northam announced on Thursday, April 1 that all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Sunday, April 18. Based on the supply projected by the federal government, all local health districts will have enough vaccine to open appointments to the general public by April 18. Those at highest risk will continue to receive priority in the scheduling process.

Everyone who lives or works in Virginia should pre-register so they can be notified when they are eligible for vaccination and an appointment is 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.

How do I know what phase I am in?

To determine if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination under Phases 1a (PDF), 1b (PDF) or 1c (PDF), use the When Can I Get Vaccinated? tool from VDH.

How can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m currently eligible?

The statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system is available at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). The Commonwealth’s centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they are on the wait list and learn more about Virginia’s vaccination program

The statewide call center, 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is staffed by 750 live operators who can answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and assist with pre-registration. The call center has English- and Spanish-speaking agents, as well as a call-back service in more than 100 other languages. TTY service (dial 7-1-1) is available to assist those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Videoconferencing in American Sign Language is also available at vaccinate.virginia.gov. If wait times are long, Virginians can choose to get a call back and avoid having to stay on hold.

If residents require assistance in completing their COVID-19 vaccination pre-registrations, visit one of Chesterfield’s libraries or call 804-751-2275 and library staff will assist you. 

What are the options through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program?

All Virginians are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine however possible. Additional options to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are available through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. However, not all pharmacy locations have the COVID-19 vaccine available, so please do not contact your local pharmacy directly.   

To check vaccine availability at a participating pharmacy and schedule an appointment you will need to register directly with them. Please use the links below to register with the participating pharmacies. The pharmacies are scheduling appointments for individuals that fall within the eligibility criteria established by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

If you need assistance registering with one of the pharmacies, visit one of Chesterfield’s libraries or call 804-751-2275 and library staff will assist you. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also promoting VaccineFinder as tool to help individuals find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability at providers and pharmacies. The VaccineFinder website displays information about the provider such as types of COVID-19 vaccines available, website and phone number, hours of operations and instructions on how to take the next step to get vaccinated.

Does Chesterfield County Government play any role in determining supply, capacity and administration of the vaccine?

VDH is coordinating efforts with the state’s health districts, which includes the VDH Chesterfield Health District, to organize vaccination efforts. Chesterfield County Government does not determine supply or administration of vaccinations. 

If Chesterfield County Government isn’t overseeing the COVID-19 rollout, then what’s the difference between Chesterfield County and VDH-operated Chesterfield Health District? 

The VDH Chesterfield Health District is a state-based division that oversees all public health matters in Chesterfield and Powhatan counties and the City of Colonial Heights. The Chesterfield Health District operates independently of Chesterfield County Government and receives the bulk of its funding and instruction from the state. 

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 eligible individuals within the district, except hospital systems and long-term care facilities, according to priority phases set by VDH
  • Coordinates the distribution of the vaccine to other organizations and businesses for administering
  • 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

  • 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

We appreciate your patience as both Chesterfield County and VDH work quickly to provide vaccination information to residents.