Saturday, 1,000 people will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Averett University's North Campus in a collaborative effort between the university, Sovah Health and the Pittsylvania/Danville Health District.

This is the first vaccination event to be held in the district, focused on those in group 1B, which includes essential workers, those 65 and older and those with high risk conditions. The event was pre-register only and spots filled up quickly.

More than 100 volunteers will put in time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to make the vaccinations run smoothly.

While this is just the first event of its kind, Pittsylvania Danville Health District Director Dr. Scott Spillmann said many more are to follow, pending resources such as venues, volunteers and actual vaccines for distribution.

In the district, around 70,000 people would need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity.

Those interested in receiving the vaccine can now pre-register online at

For more on this story, see the Jan. 27 edition of the Star-Tribune.

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