April 22, 2021

Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Contractor Assume Management of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Virginia Beach Convention Center

Operational transition should be seamless for the general public

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and its contractor, AshBritt, are assuming responsibility for the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) starting Monday, April 26. It will operate for at least the next 45 days.

Today is the last clinic at the site that has been jointly operated by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) and the City of Virginia Beach since January. Walk-in vaccinations are available at the VBCC today, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Starting April 26, an appointment will be required to be vaccinated. No walk-ups will be accepted. Residents seeking first-dose vaccine appointments may search for available times at VaccineFinder.org using the VBCC zip code 23451 or, by calling the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) hotline at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Appointments at the VBCC will be available Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Virginia residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Minors under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian with them at the vaccination site in order to receive the vaccine.

Those coming to be vaccinated should bring a copy of their appointment invitation (email, text) or proof of their name and plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to their appointments to avoid unnecessarily long lines. Anyone who arrives too early will be asked to wait in their vehicle. All attendees will be required to maintain social distance and wear a mask. Sanitation crews and nursing staff will be cleaning surfaces throughout the day.

Anyone who already received their first dose vaccine at the VBCC will still be able to get their second dose at the same location and should schedule their second dose vaccine through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Starting April 26, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered for all first doses, however, anyone who received a first dose of Moderna will still be able to get the second dose Moderna vaccine.

After April 22, all first dose shots will be tracked in PrepMod and any second doses that arise from them. VAMS will no longer be used as the tracking system for first dose shots.

If a power outage or severe weather prevents people from getting to the building (i.e., flooding) patients should contact the state call center (877-829-4682) to schedule a new appointment.

VDEM has been opening CVCs across the state since March 15. This is a part of the commonwealth's strategy to utilize five primary distribution channels which includes pharmacies, hospitals, providers, local health district vaccination events and the large CVCs. VBDPH will continue to offer vaccination clinics in strategically targeted underserved communities throughout the City.

For more information, visit Vaccinate.Virginia.gov.

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