March 4, 2021
Media Contact: Tara Rose, Tara.Rose@vdh.virginia.gov
Crater Health District Continues COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
(Petersburg, VA) Crater Health District (CHD) continues COVID-19 vaccination efforts in localities across the district. Collaborative and ongoing initiatives are under way to vaccinate those in Phases 1a and 1b who are most at risk.
During the week of February 20-27, more than 6,000 individuals received COVID vaccinations at various clinics through regional and community collaborations. These clinics provided a combination of first and second doses across our eight localities (Cities of Emporia, Hopewell and Petersburg and the Counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Prince George, Surry and Sussex).
VDH’s CHD and the office of Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird organized a mass vaccination clinic held at Petersburg High School that served 2,100 participants from the Cities of Hopewell and Petersburg and the Counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George. We appreciate Del. Aird leading the initiative and working with VDH to obtain the additional allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for the event. In addition to VDH and CHD staff, we had approximately 120 volunteers from outside of the agency working this event. Volunteers came from Crater Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Chesterfield/Chickahominy/Henrico MRC, John Tyler Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University Vaccine Corps, City of Petersburg, County of Dinwiddie, City of Hopewell, County of Prince George, and Sportsbackers.
“We will continue to vaccinate our community and plan for future mass vaccination clinics,” said Dr. Alton Hart, Jr., Director of CHD “Getting the COVID-19 vaccines to residents is a top priority, and we appreciate the partnerships and resources that local, city and county officials have provided to continue this effort in our district.”
CHD continues to need volunteers to support our vaccination efforts, particularly those qualified to give vaccines. The MRC offers a great opportunity for volunteers to provide medical and non-medical support to help our communities recover from this pandemic. For more information, visit www.vamrc.org.
In the meantime, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention to protect yourself and others by practicing: the three W’s: Wear your mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance. It is crucial that we all continue to take these steps even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
To pre-register for COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/