ROANOKE, Va – As the Virginia Department of Health continues to administer the COVID-19 vaccination to health care workers, its staff are also planning on the best strategies to move into the next phase of vaccination.

Right now, the Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts estimate vaccine uptake is less than 60% in the region.

As more vaccine doses become available, health care leaders are working on plans for when the region can move into the next phase.

Including sending out survey’s businesses that fit the criteria and using targeted outreach.

“By that time, our health care delivery systems will have received more vaccine, so that they can start vaccinating some of their patients, not just their health care providers. In addition, we believe that by that time, retail pharmacies will some retail pharmacies will be online,” said Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

There is still no projected date for when Virginia will move into the next level of vaccination.

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