Sentara COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Update

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There has been an enormous shift in Virginia on how vaccines are going to be distributed moving forward. Vaccines will no longer be given to health systems directly. The vaccine will instead be distributed to local Virginia Departments of Health based on their community population. Sentara’s vaccine supply will be limited as a result of this shift but Sentara is committed to continuing vaccination clinics for employees and community healthcare workers in Phase 1a, and eligible Sentara Medical Group (SMG) patients and non-SMG community members in Phase 1b as supply allows.

Currently, hospital-based Sentara COVID-19 vaccine clinics are offering the vaccine to all Sentara employees and community healthcare workers who are in Phase 1a. The clinics are not available to family members of employees.

Sentara Medical Group (SMG) community clinics are vaccinating a limited number of eligible Phase 1b patients in Virginia:

  1. SMG patients who are 75 years and older, starting with those who have an SMG primary care provider,
  2. Non-SMG community members eligible for Phase 1b with a strong emphasis on the priority populations Governor Northam outlined in his Jan. 27, 2021 press conference.

Eligible patients and community members are being contacted directly to schedule an appointment. Moving forward, Sentara will continue offering the vaccine to both of these groups based upon supply. Sentara also will support VDH and individual health districts with operating community vaccination clinics, with a strong emphasis on underserved communities and vulnerable populations in the appropriate phase group.

Sentara Vaccination Numbers as of Jan. 27, 2021

  • 31,601 total vaccines administered
  • 48% of all Sentara team members have received the vaccine (up 15% in the last two weeks!)

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