Arlington County will be working to reschedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments canceled by Virginia Hospital Center at its community vaccine clinics due to inadequate vaccine availability. Affected individuals include those age 75+ who had first doses of the vaccine scheduled after Jan. 26, 2021.
“Arlington County is ready to deliver vaccine as supplies become available from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and will be diligently working to contact affected Arlingtonians in the coming weeks,” said Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti. “We also understand the community’s frustration and appreciate everyone’s patience. We thank our community partners like Virginia Hospital Center and know how critical this vaccine is for the safety and security of our residents.”
Individuals who have already received a first dose of the vaccine at the VHC-managed clinic at the Walter Reed Community Center will still receive their second dose as scheduled. Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington County are committed to continuing to work together to ensure efficient distribution of vaccine after this temporary pause of vaccine administration at the VHC clinic.
Arlington County partnered with VHC earlier in January to operate a vaccination clinic for residents over the age of 75. The clinic is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), dated Jan. 13, between the County and VHC for “duties associated with the administering and administration of COVID-19 vaccine to the public.”
Arlington County residents who receive cancellation notices from VHC will be contacted directly by Arlington County to reschedule as vaccine supply becomes available in the coming weeks. The County is currently vaccinating Phase 1a healthcare workers and initial Phase 1b essential worker groups – law enforcement, fire, and hazmat; corrections and shelter workers; and childcare and preK-12 teachers and staff. Arlington County asks for the community’s patience as it works to incorporate the 75+ group to its plans within the existing vaccine supplies. Additional Phase 1b eligible groups will be invited for vaccination appointments as Arlington County receives additional supply from Virginia.
Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine plans for Arlington County can be found on the County’s vaccine website.