FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 4, 2022
Cindy Clayton, VDH PIO, firstname.lastname@example.org
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMMUNITY VACCINATION CENTERS TO REOPEN WEDNESDAY
(RICHMOND, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will reopen all of its Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Individuals who cannot get to CVC sites early on Wednesday or who cannot keep appointments can reschedule by visiting vase.vdh.virginia.gov.
All CVCs, except the Fredericksburg site, will open with new regular hours as follows:
Fredericksburg: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Charlottesville: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chesterfield: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fairfax: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Newport News: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Norfolk: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prince William: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Richmond: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Roanoke: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Monday, VDH made the decision to close the CVCs, including the Military Circle Mall location in Norfolk, out of an abundance of caution for patients and staff. Inclement weather is in the forecast later in the week and VDH will continue to monitor the situation and alert the public about any changes made to the CVC schedules. Please continue to check VDH’s website and social media accounts for this information.
Individuals are advised to reschedule missed vaccine appointments as soon as possible. Second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be safely extended up to 42 days after the first dose is given. Thus those who had scheduled a return date of 21 or 28 days after their first dose still have some time to receive a timely vaccine. Those who miss the opportunity to get a second dose within 42 days should still proceed with a second dose and will be considered fully vaccinated, though per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is limited information on the effectiveness of receiving a second dose beyond 42 days.
Community Vaccination Centers offer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines along with booster doses. More than 250,000 vaccine doses have been administered at the CVCs since they opened in October 2021.
To find a vaccine or an appointment at a CVC or another location near you, 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 at the CVCs, but appointments are strongly encouraged to avoid extended wait times.