By Jan 8, 2021, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) team will have vaccinated nearly 1,000 frontline healthcare workers and first responder staff at a central location in the district. Through the dedication and hard work of our vaccination team, and in collaboration with Culpeper Medical Center – Novant Health UVA and Fauquier Health, we anticipate reaching most of the Phase 1a group by the end of next week. We plan to evolve (soon) to a larger site with pop-up events in other counties and/or Saturday availability. We continue to recruit staff and volunteers and look forward to the time when the vaccine is distributed to medical providers and pharmacies as well.
Although some may be getting a COVID-19 vaccine now, everyone is encouraged to continue safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Continue to wear cloth face-coverings or masks, stay at least six feet away from others, wash your hands well and often, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household.
1. Where will I go to get the vaccine?
Local health departments, pharmacies, healthcare systems, and employer-based occupational health units are working together to vaccinate frontline essential workers. Frontline essential workers may be most likely to receive the vaccine through employer-based vaccination clinics. Others will get it through their local health department or through arrangements with pharmacies and healthcare providers.
Information will be coming out from local health departments, employers, and healthcare providers about how and when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine. The ability to schedule appointments will depend on the supply of vaccine available.
Questions may be directed to the call center at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343).
2. How do healthcare providers and other healthcare personnel get vaccinated?
Healthcare systems and local health departments are working collaboratively to vaccinate healthcare personnel in Phase 1a. The ability to schedule appointments will depend on the supply of vaccine available.
HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS are vaccinating their staff. Many are vaccinating non-health system staff as well.
LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS are compiling lists of healthcare providers who are not affiliated with a hospital or health system and are reaching out to those groups as quickly as possible.
More information about Phase 1a can be found here.
3. What is an essential worker? How do I know when I can get the vaccine based on my job?
While the supply is limited, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to specific groups of people over a number of phases. Virginia plans to vaccinate groups of people in the following phases:
Phase 1a is for healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents.
Phase 1b includes frontline essential workers, people aged 75 and older, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps.
Phase 1c includes additional groups of essential workers, people aged 64 and older, and people ages 16-64 years of age with certain conditions or disabilities that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
4. How can people 75 years and older access the COVID-19 vaccine?
Many of the people who are included in Phase 1b because of their age will be offered the vaccine through their healthcare provider. Others in this category will be able to access vaccination through their local health department or through arrangements with healthcare systems and pharmacies. More information about Phase 1b can be found here.
5. I have a medical condition that makes me at higher risk for COVID-19. When can I get the vaccine?
Phase 1c includes people older than 16 who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Many of the people who are included in Phase 1b because of their age will be offered the vaccine through their healthcare provider. Others in this category will be able to access vaccination through their local health department or through arrangements with healthcare systems and pharmacies.
Information will be coming out from local health departments and healthcare providers about how and when people in Phase 1c can receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
More information about Phase 1c can be found here.
6. My parent or loved one lives in a long-term care facility. Will they get the vaccine soon?
Residents and staff within long-term care facilities are in phase 1a of vaccine allocation. In Virginia, most LTCF residents and staff will be vaccinated by CVS and Walgreens teams through the Federal LTCF Pharmacy Partnership program. A small number of facilities that were not included in the program will work with their local health districts to ensure the vaccination of their staff and residents.
More information about Phase 1a can be found here.
7. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be free or will it go through insurance?
The vaccine will be offered to all Americans at no cost. Any fees will be covered either by insurance companies or by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Provider Relief Fund. You will not have any out-of-pocket costs.
8. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Yes. The COVID-19 vaccine is being developed and tested the same way as every other vaccine used in the United States. Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines have gone through a careful trial process with several phases. For every vaccine in the United States (including COVID-19), trials start with Phases 1 and 2, when small groups of people are vaccinated and then monitored. In Phase 3, tens of thousands of people are vaccinated to be sure the vaccine is both safe and effective for all types of people. After a vaccine is authorized or approved, it enters Phase 4, where long-term effects are studied. These trials, which include people at high risk for COVID-19, will help identify any common side effects or other safety concerns and will help clarify how long protection lasts after vaccination.
9. What are the side effects of current COVID-19 vaccines?
While we do not yet know all of the possible side effects of the vaccine, some of the people in studies have had arm pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache or other body aches, or fever for a few days. These side effects are also experienced after receiving other types of vaccines, such as the flu shot.
These side effects do not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Rather, this means that the vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus in the future.
We are pleased to be able to offer seasonal flu shots and COVID-19 tests at no cost to our patients. Please call us at (540) 948-3667 to schedule an appointment. If you need to apply for or renew your coverage, you may do so online at https://madisonfreeclinic.org/patient-application/
Did you know that most Madison Free Clinic patients qualify for UVa's Financial Assistance for specialty and hospital care? We are happy to help with the paperwork, and will gladly fax your application and supporting documents to their office. Please call us at 540-948-3667 to schedule a time for us to help you with your application!
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The mission of the Madison Free Clinic is to deliver ‘Medicine of the Highest Order’ in order to improve the well-being of patients and communities by delivering innovative, compassionate patient- and family-centered healthcare, enriched by education, science, and technology.
Our staff cares deeply about our patients’ long-term health. Every patient is viewed not as a problem to be solved or a charge to be cared for, but as an equal and empowered partner. co-responsible for the attainment of his or her health goals.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization enabling uninsured adults of Madison County, Virginia to be provided With medical care and non-narcotic medications. The clinic also provides limited dental and vision care. in addition to nutritional counseling.