Sign up to register your interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Central Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Local health departments have created online forms for people interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Although signing up through a form does not create an appointment to receive a dose, it does indicate residents’ interest with the local agency that will fulfill their request.

Each local health district manages its vaccine distribution and waiting list. People who have expressed interest in being vaccinated will be contacted by their health district when a dose is available.

The Virginia Department of Health has the latest information on their website, including an online quiz to help people determine their vaccine phase. Below is a list of health districts in Central Virginia and links to their online interest forms.

Online Forms

Blue Ridge Health District vaccine interest form for people 65+

  • For residents of Albemarle County, Nelson County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Greene County and the City of Charlottesville
  • Phone: (434) 972-6261, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information

Chesterfield Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents in Chesterfield County, Powhatan County and the City of Colonial Heights
  • Phone: (804) 318-8207, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information

Chickahominy Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents in Hanover County, New Kent County, Goochland County and Charles City County
  • Phone: (804) 365-3240, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information

Crater Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents in the City of Hopewell, City of Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Prince George County, Surry County, Sussex County, City of Emporia and Greensville County
  • Phone: (804) 862-8989, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information

Henrico/Richmond Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents in the City of Richmond and Henrico County
  • Phone: (804) 205-3501, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays
  • Visit Richmond and Henrico’s websites for more information

Piedmont Health District

  • For residents in Amelia County, Buckingham County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Lunenburg County, Nottoway County and Prince Edward County
  • No online form available at this time
  • Residents who are eligible for the vaccine because of their occupation are asked to contact the health district where they are employed.
  • Residents who are eligible based on age or medical condition should contact local health districts using the following phone numbers:
    • Amelia County – (804) 561-2711
    • Buckingham County – (434) 969-4244
    • Charlotte County – (434) 542-5251
    • Cumberland County – (804) 492-4661
    • Lunenburg County – (434) 696-2346
    • Nottoway County – (434) 645-7595
    • Prince Edward County – (434) 392-8187
  • Visit the website for more information

Rappahannock Area Health District vaccine interest form for people age 65+, form for essential workers

  • For residents of the City of Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Colonial Beach or Stafford County
  • Phone: (540) 899-4797
  • Visit the website for more information

Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents of Orange County, Culpeper County, Madison County, Faquier County, Rappahannock County
  • Residents who are eligible for the vaccine because of their occupation are asked to contact the health district where they are employed.
  • Residents who are eligible based on age or medical condition should their local health district.
  • Phone: (540) 308-6072
  • Visit the website for more information

Southside Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents of Brunswick County, Halifax County and Mecklenburg County
  • Phone: (434) 738-6815, ext. 100, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information

Three Rivers Health District vaccine interest form

  • For residents of Essex County, Gloucester County, King and Queen County, King William County, Lancaster County, Matthews County, Middlesex County, Northumberland County, Richmond County and Westmoreland County
  • Phone: (804) 824-2733, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit the website for more information
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A senior resident receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination event in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo: 8News Reporter Alex Thorson)

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve asked questions, and we’ve found the answers. 8News researched your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and compiled this FAQ to help you find the information you need.

The Virginia Department of Health has thorough information about the vaccine on their website, and you should contact your primary care physician with health-related questions.


Question: What happens if I miss the phone call from the health department when they call to schedule my vaccine appointment?

Answer: The Virginia Department of Health strongly encourages you to answer the phone and check your email. They will go through the waitlist and contact people to set appointments prior to vaccination events.

But don’t worry if you miss a call or email from the Health Department – they will call you back. If you miss the opportunity to attend an event happening soon, you will still have the chance to attend future events. You are not moved to the bottom of the waitlist because you missed the call. You will be contacted again. 

Chesterfield Health District Spokesperson Ginell Ampey confirmed this process to 8News.

“They retain their place on the list.  They are not placed on the bottom of the list,” Ampey said.


Question: How will I be contacted when it’s time for me to set up an appointment to receive the vaccine?

Answer: A representative from the Health Department will contact you when it’s your turn to receive the vaccine. You will receive a phone call and an email, if you provided your email when you registered your interest in scheduling an appointment.

The email will contain information to create an account with the state’s vaccine management system online and you’ll choose the date, location and time when you want to receive your dose. If you’re attending a mass vaccination event, you will be given a date and time for your appointment.

The email could come from your local health department or a regional health department that is coordinating the event.


Question: What should I do if I miss a scheduled vaccine appointment?

Answer: If you scheduled a vaccine appointment and did not attend, you will need to register again through the waitlist and get back in line.

“It is very important to attend their confirmed appointment,” said Tara Rose, Community Health Educator, Virginia Department of Health Crater District.


Question: If I attend a vaccination event, are people monitored for allergic or other reactions after receiving the vaccination?

Answer: Healthcare workers attend vaccination clinics and monitor patients who receive the vaccine. Patients are monitored for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccine is administered, depending on their health history. People are encouraged to talk with their primary care physician prior to getting the vaccine, especially if there is a history of allergic reactions.

“People are not required to bring any one with them to the event – that is a personal preference,” explained Rose.


Question: How do I register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: The first step in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is to register your interest with the local health department. Most health districts in Central Virginia have online forms available for residents to express their interest in the vaccine. People can also call the health district if they prefer, or if an online form is not available.

Most health districts are accepting registrations for frontline essential workers and people age 65 and up. Links to online forms and phone numbers are available at the top of this article.

Note that registering to receive the vaccine does not create an appointment – it tells the health department that you are interested in scheduling an appointment.  


Question: I’m practicing social distancing and avoiding crowds. Should I attend a large vaccine event?

Answer: 8News has been told that mass vaccination events are following guidelines for social distancing. At some recent events, like those held at the Richmond Raceway, patients waited in their cars to avoid large groups as much as possible.

Still have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Send us and email and we’ll find the answer.

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