Virginia Hospitals Have Administered More Than 234,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses So Far
January 20, 2021
More Than 58,400 Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered by Hospitals in the Past Week; Hospitals Account for the Majority of Doses Administered in Virginia
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia hospitals have administered more than 234,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in the five weeks since the Commonwealth received the first shipment of doses in mid-December. That figure reflects doses administered by hospitals as of Tuesday, Jan. 19. Virginia hospitals and health systems continue to lead the way in administering the majority of shots so far. Last week, VHHA announced more than 175,000 vaccine doses had been administered by hospitals during the first four weeks of the program. VHHA will continue to provide weekly vaccination updates, which will be available on the Virginia Hospital COVID-19 Dashboard.
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. Federal government officials have indicated that the Commonwealth can expect to receive roughly 100,000 vaccine doses per week for the foreseeable future. That allocation amount, which is split among hospitals, pharmacies, local health districts, and other providers, naturally places a limit on the number of vaccine shots that can be delivered on a daily and weekly basis. Under current conditions, available vaccine supply is not keeping pace with demand, and several Virginia hospitals report that they are running low on vaccine doses. Despite those challenges, Virginia hospitals and health systems continue to administer vaccine doses and are partnering with local health districts and other organizations to vaccinate essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, educators and childcare workers, grocery store and food processing plant employees, people who work in the construction, utility, and transportation industries, adults 65 and older, and those ages 16-64 with a co-morbidity. With a steady supply of vaccine doses, it is estimated that Virginia’s hospitals can administer close to 100,000 vaccine doses each week. Hospitals have the capacity to expand that if additional doses and funding are available.
The sharing of weekly vaccination totals is a continuation of Virginia hospitals’ commitment to transparency. Other examples of this include publication of the Virginia Hospital COVID-19 Dashboard, the Virginia Licensed Nursing Facility COVID-19 Dashboard, the Virginia Hospital Patient Experience Data Dashboard, the Community Health Legislative Dashboards, the interactive Virginia Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Scorecard, and the Virginia Hospital Media Dashboard. Each of these data-informed tools are public facing and presented with the support of VHHA member hospitals and health systems to help advance community understanding about the health care delivery system in Virginia.
About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 26 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. Its vision is through the power of collaboration to be recognized as a driving force behind making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation. Connect with VHHA through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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