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Why isn’t all of Virginia in Phase 1b of coronavirus vaccinations?

Central Virginia Health District is set to move into next phase “as soon as possible”

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Not every health district in Virginia is moving on to the next COVID-19 vaccination phase.

Both the Central Virginia and Southside districts are among the 23 health districts across Virginia that remain in Phase 1a, only vaccinating health care personnel and those living in long-term care facilities.

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A Virginia Department of Health spokesperson told 10 News that Lynchburg and its surrounding counties are still in the first phase because the supply, demand and resources to vaccinate varies across the state.

Other health districts may have already offered the majority of the first group the vaccines.

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There’s no date set for when the district will move to the next phase, but we’re told it will happen “as soon as possible.”

Below is a map showing which cities and counties are currently in which phase:

About the Author:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.