Over 520,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | More than 78K fully vaccinated

Over 520,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | More than 78K fully vaccinated
In this March 11 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory. (Source: AP/File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - So far, more than 520,000 Virginia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. VDH reported the figure on its new online dashboard, which launched on Dec. 23.

As of Jan. 27, 524,722 people in Virginia have received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, with 78,261 people receiving the second dose.

“Progress on vaccine administration in Virginia is contingent on a steady, predictable supply of doses available to hospitals and other health care providers participating in the vaccination effort,” VDH said.

Moderna vaccines arrived in Virginia the week of Dec. 21, and Pfizer doses arrived the week of Dec. 14. Both were approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

As of Jan. 27, 602,983 total doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since the first vaccine shipments arrived in the state. The average doses administered each day is 26,010.

The vaccines are administered in two doses, and it takes a few weeks to receive the second dose. The Pfizer vaccine is administered 21 days apart, while the Moderna vaccine is administered 28 days apart.

As people receive their second dose, they will be listed by VDH as “fully vaccinated.” Both doses of the vaccine are important to protect people from catching COVID-19 or becoming as sick if they do get catch the virus.

In total, 1,166,600 COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed to healthcare facilities throughout the commonwealth.

VDH said federal officials have indicated that the state can expect to receive about 100,000 doses per week for the foreseeable future.

With the allocation amount being split among hospitals, health districts, pharmacies and more across the state, it limits the number of shots that can be given each week.

For the latest data about COVID-19 cases in Virginia, visit this link.

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