Our mission is to prevent illness and disease, protect the environment, and promote optimal health and emergency preparedness for everyone on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We are people of the community, for the community.
Our vision is to drive Virginia's Eastern Shore to the peak of personal, environmental, and community health, setting an example for others to follow.
Mpox (Monkeypox) Information
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Eastern Shore Health District are responding to an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don't normally report monkeypox, including the United States. For information on monkeypox in Virginia, please visit the VDH mpox website. If you are a healthcare provider, please visit the mpox website for healthcare providers.
The Eastern Shore Health District is working to ensure that residents who have been exposed or are at high risk of being exposed to monkeypox receive a vaccination. If you are interesting in receiving a monkeypox vaccination, please call us at 757-787-5880.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information
Are you looking for a COVID-19 test?
1-877-VAX-IN-VA • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Upcoming Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:
Eastern Shore Health District is now providing these vaccines through home visits only. The Health District offers Moderna vaccines and boosters for people 18 years and older. All vaccines are free.
To schedule your appointment, or if you have any questions, please contact Laurie Laird at Laurie.Laird@vdh.virginia.gov or call 757-710-0277.
For parents interested in having children 6 months old to 17 years old vaccinated, please contact any Eastern Shore Rural Health Center at the numbers below:
- Atlantic Community Health Center - 757-824-5676
- Chincoteague Community Health Center - 757-336-3682
- Eastville Community Health Center - 757-331-1086
- Onley Community Health Center - 757-787-7374
Local pharmacies currently providing COVID vaccine are listed below:
- Walmart, Onley - register at walmart.com or through the Walmart App on your smartphone
- Rayfield's Pharmacy, Cape Charles - 757-331-1212
- Walgreens, Onley - register at walgreens.com, through the Walgreens App or call 757-787-7154
- Walgreens, Exmore - register at walgreens.com, through the Walgreens App or call 757-442-8542
- CVS, Onley - register at cvs.com or through the CVS App
What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
People with COVID-19 can still spread the virus even if they don't have symptoms. It's important to notify any close contacts you have had as early as possible so they can help minimize the spread. Start by making a list of people you have been in close contact with. This means anyone who you were within 6 feet for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Be sure to remember the people in your household, people at work or school, people you may have seen socially, people at the salon or barber shop or gym or place of worship, and people you may have ridden in a car with.
You can call, text or email your contacts. If you would like to stay anonymous, you can use an online tool at www.tellyourcontacts.org
Here's an example of what to say:
"Hi. I need to talk to you about something important. Do you have a few minutes to talk privately? I tested positive for COVID-19 on [this date]. We spent time together on [this date] and I wanted to let you know so you can monitor your health and protect your family and friends."
For more information, please see https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/infected/
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms, are 65 years of age or older, or under 65 years of age and have comorbidities that increase your risk for COVID-19 to become more severe, you may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatments. Please talk to your physician about receiving this treatment. You can find more information about it here: