December 20, 2021
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More Virginians Getting COVID-19 Vaccines, Boosters
Chesterfield Health District Community Vaccination Center Continues to Welcome Walk-ins to Meet Ongoing Demand
CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Since Thanksgiving, more than 55,000 Virginians have been vaccinated or received booster doses through one of the Virginia Department of Health’s nine community vaccination centers. Demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is up, as seen in both walk-in rates and requests for appointments. The daily total of vaccine doses administered across all community vaccination centers in the Commonwealth rose to 9,193 on Nov. 30, and to 9,267 on Dec. 3, about 75% more than previous top daily doses rates since the centers reopened in October. In our region, the Chesterfield Health District community vaccination center administered its highest number of 721 daily doses on November 29 since opening here on October 16.
The Chesterfield Health District community vaccination center has confirmed that even with the increased number of Virginians receiving their initial and booster doses, COVID-19 vaccine supply remains ample.
“Although we have seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases as a result of indoor gatherings and the holidays, we have also see the vaccination rate rise as well,” said Chesterfield Health District Director Alexander Samuel, MD, MPH. “Remember that as the rate of vaccination in the community increases, the risk of COVID-related illness, death and transmission decreases. So give the gift of health this holiday season and get your vaccination or booster this month.”
The Rockwood CVC offers first, second, and additional primary COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to the public. The Moderna vaccine and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson are available for anyone 18 and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 5 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under 18.
The CVC is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Holiday hours are as follows:
December 23-26 Closed
December 27-29 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
December 30 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
December 31, January 1-2 Closed
To make an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged, especially for children, to reduce wait times. Individuals with an appointment should plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the appointment time.
The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to the experience of getting routine vaccines. Parents can check out these tips on talking to their child about what to expect. For more about vaccinating children and teens, parents can visit the CDC website.
The Pfizer BioNTech booster vaccine can be obtained by anyone 16 and older at least six months from the date of their second mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine or at least two months from the date of their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster vaccine can be obtained by anyone 18 and older at least six months from the date of their second mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine or at least two months from the date of their Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose may choose which vaccine product they would like to receive as a booster. For those individuals that choose a different product than their primary series, VDH urges you to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider who can assist you in making the best decision for your own situation.
If you are coming for your second, third or booster dose, please bring your vaccine card to confirm the date and type of vaccine you received in previous doses.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.
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