Virginia expecting to have enough coronavirus vaccine for 96% of top-priority groups before 2021

The first dose of the vaccine will go towards health care personnel and long-term care facility residents

ROANOKE, Va. – Before the year’s end, Virginia hopes to have nearly all the COVID-19 vaccine it needs to fully vaccinate the state’s two top-priority groups.

The state is preparing to receive an estimated total of 480,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

[Gov. Northam lays out state’s three-phased coronavirus vaccine distribution plan]

Officials said that the first doses will be given to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

VDH estimates there are up to 500,000 members of these two groups.

“Vaccine will be provided to Virginians in a way that is fair, ethical, and transparent,” said Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver. “We will focus initially on the groups that have been most at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infections and those whose work puts them at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19 infections.”

Both vaccines require two doses, and VDH expects to receive the second doses for the 480,000 at the appropriate time it’s needed.

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