By Natalie McFarland
This week residents of the Central Virginia Health District who are 50 years of age and older will receive voicemails and texts urging them to get their COVID-19 Bivalent Booster.
Members of this population will only be notified if records show they are eligible for but have not yet received a bivalent booster, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
The message will read: “VA Dept of Health records indicate you are eligible for a COVID-19 bivalent booster. Schedule an appt at https://www.vaccines.gov/ or call 434-477-5974.”
The VDH said contact information from the resident’s immunization record will determine whether they receive a text message for mobile numbers or a phone call for landlines.
All individuals should get in touch with the VDH call center so that their record can be reviewed if there’s a concern about whether someone qualifies for a Bivalent Booster or think they have been called inadvertently.
Dial 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). English, Spanish, and more than a hundred other languages are all spoken.
Individuals do not need to wait for this notification to get a bivalent booster.