COVID-19 vaccine update for employees: Week of March 8
From: Human Resources
Please see the following COVID-19 vaccine updates.
Pre-register for the vaccine:
As previously announced, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the New River Health District (NRHD) is recommending that all individuals register themselves for the vaccine through the statewide pre-registration system. Employees in the New River Valley area can register by going to the NRV Road to Wellness site. Employees that work in other Virginia Tech locations can register through the VDH’s website.
When registering, please include information about your living and working environment and medical conditions as well as your contact information. It is important that you fill out the pre-registration survey as completely and accurately as possible.
Vaccine supply is improving and pre-registering properly will help ensure that when a vaccine is available, you will receive it as quickly as possible.
As a reminder, if you had previously pre-registered for the vaccine through your local health district you can check the statewide system for your information. If you are already registered, the prompt will say “user is registered.” If, for some reason, your information is not found, please complete the pre-registration form again; the system will send you a confirmation number once you submit the form and you will receive regular updates from the VDH.
Through partnership with the VDH and NRHD, we are pleased to report that approximately 1,000 university employees have received the vaccine. This is in addition to employees who may have received the vaccine individually through the VDH because they are aged 65 and up or are aged 16 to 64 with a health condition that puts them at higher risk.
As a reminder, based on guidance from the CDC and VDH and because of limited supply, the NRHD as well as other Virginia health districts are further prioritizing within the group 1b “essential workers” category. This is to ensure those with the most direct contact with the public receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Virginia Tech has no input into this additional prioritization.
Please continue to follow good health guidelines:
The CDC has issued preliminary guidelines for fully vaccinated people. These guidelines continue to state that when in public, a fully vaccinated individual should continue following public health guidelines for the safety of our community until restrictions can be further relaxed or lifted.
Please stay vigilant and adhere to the university and public health guidelines.
- Avoid Close contact situations.
- Avoid Crowds.
- Avoid Closed, poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wear Masks.