What are the vaccine efforts in Loudoun County?

(Updated 12/22/20) When COVID-19 vaccine first becomes available to the general public, we anticipate that the Loudoun County Health Department will provide free vaccine through carefully-organized mass vaccination clinics.

The Loudoun County Health Department expects to receive a first shipment of a limited quantity of vaccine during the week of Christmas. This vaccine is reserved for people who meet the highest priority for vaccine, such as our healthcare personnel and front-line workers. These vaccines will be administered in private clinics.  

The Commonwealth of Virginia has established a COVID-10 vaccine unit to coordinate vaccination efforts. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Vaccine will be distributed throughout the Commonwealth in accordance with VDH plans, which are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The role of different partners in vaccine distribution will depend on vaccine supply and the stage of the vaccine distribution plan.

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1. What are the vaccine efforts in Loudoun County?
2. Who will get the vaccine first?
3. How will I know when my family or I can get a vaccine?
4. Is the vaccine safe?
5. What precautions should I take with my pets or other animals?
6. What should someone do if they are ill?
7. Why won’t the county tell us where the people who have tested positive have been in our community? Shouldn’t we know so we can protect ourselves?
8. What should someone do if their provider will not see them?
9. Would you recommend advising the public against attending any public events, such as sporting events or high school graduations or political rallies or even public hearings before the Board?
10. Would you implement a quarantine for individuals with confirmed cases of the virus?
11. Do you anticipate that we may already have unidentified mild cases of corona virus in Loudoun County?
12. What about the CDC suggestion that seniors refill their prescriptions as a precaution? I followed that advice and the prescriptions were denied by my insurance.
13. What procedures are already being taken in schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings to ensure cleanliness and disinfecting to lower the spread?
14. How long can COVID-19 lay dormant in one’s body?
15. Is it legal for retailers to “mark-up” urgently needed supplies like soap? What should one do if they observe this happening?
16. Is a person who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 legally required to self-quarantine?
17. What are the effects on pregnant women? Should they do more to avoid social settings, is there greater risk to an unborn child?
18. When a person is identified as having COVID-19 in Loudoun, how are the interactions of the infected individual traced? Who does the tracking in Loudoun County?