JMU students use local Harrisonburg addresses to receive COVID-19 vaccine

JMU students now have the opportunity to register for the COVID-19 vaccine through their local Harrisonburg address. The Virginia Department of Health said they do not know when they will be moving into Phase 1C as many factors effect that transition. Laura Wight, the public information officer said that even though vaccination supply has increased, it is not an indicator that Central Shenandoah will be moving into Phase 1C.

The district is still prioritizing those in high priority groups, essential workers, and those with underlying health conditions. Deborah Altman, a JMU parent lives in Fairfax County where vaccinations have been readily available with the county's own registration system. She empathized with students who live in dorms and worry about living in small spaces.

Rose Tombul, a JMU student, feels that there's a lack of transparency from VDH regarding updates on when people can receive vaccines after they have preregistered for the COVID-19 vaccine . She wished there were more updates from the health district other than just registering.