Loudoun County will join localities across the commonwealth in providing a unified process for people in Virginia to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
As a result of the new statewide system, the Virginia Department of Health directed all local health districts to close their pre-registration forms and surveys at 5 p.m. on Friday to allow for existing registration data to be transferred to the new system. Loudoun County residents will not be able to register for COVID-19 vaccine for a few days.
Previously submitted pre-screens
Anyone who previously submitted a pre-screening survey to be vaccinated through the Loudoun County Health Department will automatically be added to the new statewide system. Everyone will maintain their place on the waitlist in Loudoun County, according to county officials. Anyone who has completed a pre-screen survey with Loudoun County does not need to complete a new pre-registration when the state system goes live next week.
Beginning on Tuesday, all pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia will go through the new statewide system.
It is possible people who completed a Loudoun County prescreen will be asked to complete additional information in their pre-registration forms that was not asked for in Loudoun’s pre-screening survey. Instructions on this process will be provided to people who are registered as soon as the details of any required action steps are confirmed.
Appointment scheduling will continue
Even with this change, Loudoun County will continue to systematically work through the waitlist of people who have signed up to receive vaccine, per county officials. Loudoun County continues to vaccinate people with appointments six days a week. The county is contacting people in the order pre-screening survey submissions were received for appointments, as vaccine supplies allow, and in accordance with a state-mandated allocation formula between priority groups.
County officials say when it is a resident's turn to receive a vaccine, they will be contacted by email. Those who do not have access to the internet will be contacted by phone. Limited supplies of vaccine continue to result in long waits – at least several weeks—for vaccination appointments.
How Loudoun is prioritizing vaccination appointments
The Loudoun County Health Department is required to offer vaccine to people according to Virginia’s vaccine prioritization plans. Loudoun is currently in Phase 1A and 1A of this plan. About half of Virginia’s population is currently eligible for vaccine in Phase 1A and Phase 1B. Within Phase 1B, Virginia has prioritized essential workers into nine categories. Loudoun is currently focused on the priority groups below.
-Health care personnel
-People age 65 and older
-People age 16–64 with underlying health conditions
-Front-line essential workers
-Police, fire and hazmat
-Corrections and homeless shelter workers
-Child Care/PreK-12 teachers/staff
Read more about the priorities within Virginia’s Phase 1b under front-line Essential Workers by Order of Vaccination Planning.
Estimated wait time
Health officials say the best estimate is that anyone who submitted a pre-screening survey may have to wait 6 weeks or more from the time of registration before their turn for an appointment comes up. Loudoun County is starting to schedule appointments for people 65 and over who submitted their pre-screening surveys before 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15.
On Jan. 15, people 65–74 and those 16-65 with underlying health conditions were added to Phase 1B. As a result, a record number of people registered on that day.