May 14, 2021
Media Contact: Robert Parker, public information officer, Western Region, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT HOLDS FINAL LARGE COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC, MAY 18 AT VIRGINIA TECH’S LANE STADIUM
— Vaccines available to ages 12 and up; vaccine clinics shifting to local events —
(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) — The New River Health District (Virginia Department of Health) will hold a final large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic Tuesday, May 18 at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thereafter, the district will switch to a series of smaller, local vaccine events.
All COVID vaccines are free, safe and effective, and vaccines are now available to all Virginians ages 12 and up, with permission of their parents or guardians. All three vaccines – Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer – will be available, although Pfizer doses may be reserved for those ages 12 to 17, depending on attendance.
People ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone acting in the place of a guardian, who must read the Emergency Use Authorization and attest to the child’s age.
Scheduling an appointment in advance will reduce potential wait times, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are not required.
“As vaccine supplies have increased, we have held a series of large, destination-style vaccination events throughout the health district, and many of our residents have taken the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones by becoming vaccinated,” said Noelle Bissell, M.D., director of the New River Health District. “We have held many smaller clinics as well, and now will transition to emphasizing more local and mobile events, to provide vaccines to those who may have challenges with transportation or vaccine access.”
Vaccine clinics are posted each week at www.NRVRoadtoWellness.com, and event information is available by phone at 540-838-8222.
As of May 14, more than 125,000 COVID vaccines have been given, more than 59,000 people are fully vaccinated (32%) and more than 74,000 (41%) have received at least one dose, in the New River Health District.
If you have questions about COVID vaccines, please talk to your healthcare provider or see information from NRV Road to Wellness, the Virginia Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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