May 20, 2022- Following the CDC and FDA approvals of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for 5-11 year olds, vaccination opportunities for Richmond and Henrico children are becoming available. Children will be able to access appointments through pediatricians, pharmacies, and Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD). Parents are encouraged to visit vax.rchd.com, call 804-205-3501, or check with their pediatrician or pharmacy to find an appointment. RHHD’s walk in vaccine clinics will begin offering boosters to children next week. The next available after school clinics are Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Whitcomb Resource Center from 3:00pm-5:00pm and Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Mosby Resource Center from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Children also qualify to receive their booster in their home through the Doses on Demand program which can be scheduled by calling 804-205-3501.
“Staying up to date on vaccines remains the best tool we have at preventing serious infections from COVID-19,” explains Joanna Cirillo, Public Health Nurse Supervisor. “We’re eager to give boosters to the little ones to ensure they are as safe from COVID-19 as possible.”
RHHD recommends everyone eligible for their first or second booster to get one. Everyone over the age of 5 can get their booster after completing their primary series. Adults ages 50 or over, people ages 12 years or older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, and people who got two doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are eligible to receive a second booster. Visit the CDC’s website for more information.
About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.