February 8, 2023 —The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are proud to announce that we will begin offering shingles and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccinations to members of the community through our in-home Doses on Demand program. Interested individuals should call RHHD’s Contact Center at (804) 205-3501 to schedule an appointment—in the comfort of their own home! Vaccines will be billed to patients’ insurance or provided free-of-charge for patients without insurance.
Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles vaccine (Shingrix) can reduce the risk of developing the disease and minimize its severity if it does occur. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death, particularly in older adults and those with weakened immune systems. The pneumonia vaccine (Prevnar 20) can protect against the most common strains of the disease. “Preventing shingles and pneumococcal pneumonia among our older residents helps maintain the health and wellbeing of our entire community,” said RHHD Health Director, Dr. Elaine Perry. “We hope that, by expanding our Doses on Demand program, we make it easier for people to get these important vaccines.” The shingles vaccine will be available to individuals aged 50 years and older and the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine for individuals aged 65 and older. Both are available to individuals with certain medical conditions. Find more information about vaccination clinics on the RHHD website (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/walk-up-covid-19-vaccination-events/) or call (804) 205-3501.