Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

12/16/2021, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 9 to 11 a.m., Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Ballroom, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling the Richmond and Henrico COVID-19 Hotline at (804) 205-3501 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by registering online at https://bit.ly/RHHDCOVID.

Testing will be offered while test supplies last.

COVID-19 testing also is available at various drug stores, clinics and urgent care centers throughout the area for people with and without health insurance. Several offer tests with no out-of-pocket costs.

A list of area COVID-19 testing sites is online at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/richmond-and-henrico-area-covid-19-testing-sites/

The Virginia Department of Health also has a list of COVID-19 testing locations around the state at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/.

Want a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot?

The Richmond and Henrico health districts are offering free walk-up COVID-19 vaccines at the following locations:

Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Community Vaccination Center, Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Richmond Health Department Cary Street Clinic, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson; 4 to 7 p.m. – Blackwell Elementary School, 300 E. 15th St. in South Side, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Friday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to noon – Henrico West Health Department Clinic, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Saturday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to noon – Christmas at Creighton, 2101 Creighton Road, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 3 to 6 p.m. – Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Children ages 5 to 17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccinations and booster shots are available for all eligible of any age on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. However, people may schedule an appointment online at vaccinate.virginia.gov or vax.rchd.com, or by calling (804) 205-3501 or (877) VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).

VaccineFinder.org and vaccines.gov also allow people to find nearby pharmacies and clinics that offer the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.

The Chesterfield County Health District is offering vaccines and booster shots at the following location:

• Community Vaccination Center, Rockwood Shopping Center (in the former Big Lots store), 10161 Hull Street Road, Midlothian. The center is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged by going to www.vaccines.gov or call (877) VAX-IN-VA.

Those who are getting a booster shot should bring their vaccine card to confirm date and type of vaccine received.

Virginia and the nation hit grim milestones in the COVID- 19 fight this week, with Virginia marking 1 million recorded cases of coronavirus since the pandemic’s outbreak in 2020, and the United States marking 800,000 deaths from COVID-19.

The Virginia Department of Health reported on Wednesday 3,135 new positive cases of COVID-19 around the state during a 24-hour period, bringing the cumulative total to 1,006,245 cases statewide.

The daily case count represents another peak in daily case numbers in the state as the delta variant continues to spread along with the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.

There have been a total of 40,119 hospitalizations and 15,025 deaths. The state’s seven-day positivity rate was 8.7 percent. Last week, the positivity rate was 7.7 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 66.6 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 75.7 percent of the people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also shows that roughly 1.6 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 196,066 children have received their first shots, accounting for 27.1 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while 121,646 children are fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, less than 67,000 cases, 446 hospitalizations and six deaths have been recorded among children.

State data also show that African-Americans comprised 21.9 percent of cases statewide and 24.3 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 13.4 percent of cases and 5.7 percent of deaths.