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Sentara announces changes to vaccination effort

According to the Sentara COVID-19 Task Force, there has been an enormous shift in Virginia on how COVID-19 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 it said it is committed to continuing vaccination clinics for employees and community health care workers in Phase 1a and eligible Sentara Medical Group patients and non-SMG community members in Phase 1b as supply allows, according to a Sentara news release.

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

SMG community clinics are vaccinating a limited number of eligible 1b patien...

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