Loudoun Opens COVID-19 Vaccine to All 16 and Older

The Loudoun County Health Department has announced that as of today every Loudoun resident 16 years of age and older may sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

“The expansion of vaccination opportunities earlier than expected is a result of the efficient vaccination of people who were in the Phase 1 priority groups over the past three and half months,”stated Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “As we begin making appointments for people in the general population, we will continue to prioritize vaccination for anyone in groups who are at greater risk of exposure and illness and for spreading the virus.”

All health districts in Virginia are scheduled to advance to Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan no later than April 18.

According to the county health department, since April 1, Loudoun has vaccinated on average more than 4,100 people a day at the county’s COVID-19 vaccination site at the Dulles Town Center.And, they said, their capacity is still limited by supply—with more vaccine doses, they could vaccinate more people each day.

The announcement also came after plumbing problems reportedly closed the Dulles Town Center vaccination site on Saturday, April 10, causing the vaccination appointments for that day to be canceled. According to the county, those people are being contacted to reschedule.

It also comes only a week after the county opened up vaccination appointments to Phase 1c, the last people in the Phase 1 priority group. The first Phase 1 vaccine doses began at the end of December.

Anyone under 18 receiving the vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at their vaccination appointment, or they will be turned away.

To pre-register and be put on the list for an appointment, go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-829-4682. People seeking COVID-19 vaccination can also look for appointments at pharmacies and other locations in the region by visiting vaccinefinder.org. That is a separate sign up, since those organizations do not coordinate their registrations with the Health Department.

Even for fully vaccinated people, state and federal health officials continue to encourage COVID-19 precautions such as avoiding crowds, maintaining six feet of separation from others, frequent hand washing and wearing a mask.

3 thoughts on “Loudoun Opens COVID-19 Vaccine to All 16 and Older

  • 2021-04-12 at 11:32 am
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    Loudoun has reached 17.9% fully vaccinated rate.

    The Commonwealth, as a whole, is at 21.3%.

    Does that sound like success? And I won’t even bother posting comparative data to neighboring jurisdictions. Suffice it to say that we’re bringing up the rear. Even Arlington has caught up to us, and their level of incompetence is nearly legendary.

    We had to shut down for a day due to facility problems. Why doesn’t Loudoun have a backup site for vaccinations? That doesn’t exactly strike me as sound emergency planning.

    This is still a health emergency, right?

  • 2021-04-12 at 12:02 pm
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    “Even for fully vaccinated people, state and federal health officials continue to encourage COVID-19 precautions such as avoiding crowds, maintaining six feet of separation from others, frequent hand washing and wearing a mask.”

    Why? If you are vaccinated, why are you considered a risk? If you have had COVID, why are you getting a vaccine?

    • 2021-04-14 at 7:56 am
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      You can get COVID more than once. You can also get COVID after having the vaccine. The vaccine trains your body to fight the virus and greatly reduces your symptoms. You have a lower chance of dying from the illness, which is why at risk people were vaccinated first.

      So, if you are vaccinated but walk around with no mask, you can still catch COVID, have no outward symptoms, and spread it to an unvaccinated person who might have an inability to survive the illness.

      100pct inoculation will minimize the chance of people dying. We can coexist with the virus.

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