CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Wednesday, the Chesapeake Health Department shared an online tool where residents could sign up to get updates on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Any Chesapeake resident could fill out a form online with their contact information. Then, when the health department gets to the phase these people are part of, it will email those residents about scheduling their shots.
"Completing this survey does not guarantee you a vaccine or put you in line for the vaccine," the website reads. "When we start distributing the vaccine to the general public we will email you information about our distribution sites to the email address you provide us."
The health department also shared a new COVID-19 call center: 757-382-1788. It's open on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This number shares information about the city's response to the disease; people can't call it to make a vaccine appointment.
A release from the health department said it would be "well into the summer" before everyone could be vaccinated, and urged patience.
"The Health Dept. is concurrently vaccinating as many people in groups 1a and 1b as they have vaccinations for and are providing vaccines to pharmacies and interested health care providers to give to their patients, focusing initially on our older population and others at higher risk in Phase 1b," a spokesperson wrote.