October 22, 2021
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The Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center Expands Vaccination Opportunities to Include Boosters for Moderna and J&J
(NORFOLK, Va.)— The Virginia Department Health (VDH) continues operations at the regional state-run Community Vaccination Center (CVC), at the former Macy’s Department Store location at Military Circle Mall (MCM) located at 880 N. Military Highway, Norfolk.
Virginians will be able to receive boosters for Moderna and J&J beginning today. For individuals who received either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, a single booster is recommended at least six months after completion of their initial series for those populations who are 65 years of age and older, those living in long-term care facilities, and those 18 years of age and up who are at increased risk due to underlying medical conditions or where they work or live. A single booster is recommended at least two months after completion of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines for those 18 years of age and up.
The CDC also announced that there are now booster recommendations for all three available vaccines in the United States. Those individuals eligible for a booster vaccine may choose which vaccine to receive as their booster. Further guidance from the CDC in the coming days to help individuals understand these recommendations is expected.
“This week the CVC has provided more than 1,200 COVID-19 vaccinations and 90 COVID-19 tests,” said Acting District Director for Norfolk and Portsmouth Health Departments and VDH Chief Deputy Commissioner Dr. Parham Jaberi. “We expect our vaccination numbers to increase significantly in the coming week with the expansion and approval of the booster for the Moderna and J&J vaccines.”
FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations: The former Macy’s location will be offering vaccination appointments from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
To find an appointment, Visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov and input “23502” into the zip code search bar to schedule an appointment at the Military Circle Mall community vaccination center,
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. Have vaccine questions or need help scheduling? Contact the Norfolk COVID-19 hotline at (757) 683-2745. Appointments are encouraged when possible to reduce wait times but walk-ins will also be accepted.
Those who have an appointment should plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the appointment time. Anyone who has received a prior COVID-19 vaccine should bring their vaccine card or their vaccine record with a QR code. If you need a copy of your vaccine record, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov. Anyone 12 years or older who lives or works in Virginia is eligible to be vaccinated. Those under 18 years of age require the presence of a parent or guardian. To learn more about COVID-19, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/.
FREE COVID-19 Testing at the MCM will continue to be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 25. Testing is free and no identification is needed. Some reasons why you should be tested are people returning to work, entering a nursing home, traveling, protecting your family or you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. VDH hopes the Military Circle site makes testing more accessible to the community. Testing is available for ages 3 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration is needed. Just walk right in. PCR testing only. Rapid testing is not available.
NOTE: Members of the media are not permitted inside the CVCs when patients are present. Media may be allowed inside during press events or for tours before or after hours and must be escorted by a VDH designated Public Information Officer (PIO) or other approved staff members. Arrangements must be made 24 hours ahead of time with the Regional Public Information Officer, Larry Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Norfolk Health Department PIO, Megan Shearin, at email@example.com.
Members of the media may respectfully approach clinic patients outside of the clinic and talk to them if they provide consent. Media members who do not comply may be asked to leave the site.