Richmond City Health District administers Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this morning

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond region health districts have been receiving shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Vaccine administration is expected to begin this week, with doses going to healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff as part of Phase 1a of the vaccine prioritization guidelines.

The Richmond City Health District held a vaccination event Wednesday for pre-registered people that qualify under Phase 1a. The event was live-streamed on the Richmond City Health District Facebook page and Henrico County Health Department Facebook page

VDH stated that by the end of the year, 370,650 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Virginia.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, the second emergency use authorization granted.

VDH anticipates the COVID-19 vaccine being widely available to the community by summer 2021, but people are being encouraged to continue taking the proper steps to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus.

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