April 29, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — County staff announced during the Wednesday, April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting that the county-specific COVID-19 vaccination dashboard has been recalibrated to include those ages 15-19 in the Community Vaccination Goal now that the state has entered Phase 2. The dashboard can be found on the county's COVID-19 webpage.
The recalibration increased the county’s Community Vaccination Goal from 190,000 to 213,000 residents with the addition of the 15-19 age bracket. This update was applied to all localities listed on the dashboard. Additionally, updated University of Virginia Weldon Cooper population statistics are being used—raising the population projection from 349,000 to 352,000.
It is important to note that, as a result of adding an additional age bracket, the daily Community Vaccination Goal progress dial did decrease slightly as Chesterfield has a slightly higher younger population. However, that number is expected to return to where it was before the calibration soon. Additionally, Chesterfield has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents among localities with populations over 200,000.
From the beginning, the goal of the vaccine dashboard has been to provide county-specific vaccination data in a way that residents can understand. As new data is presented, the dashboard will continue to be updated accordingly. For example, Weldon Cooper recently published updated population data as noted above and that updated data was used in this recalibration of the Community Vaccination Goal. The Weldon Cooper data is used as the base dataset for all localities in the dashboard.
The Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard uses data pulled directly from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) daily and integrates the Weldon Cooper Center population estimates for Chesterfield and other localities in Virginia. The goal of the dashboard is to provide an interactive snapshot of the progress of vaccine distribution in the county and the number of residents who have been vaccinated. It also allows a side-by-side comparison between Chesterfield and other localities in the vaccination effort.