Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

4/14/2022, 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:

Wednesday, April 20, 4 to 6 p.m.—Southwood Pool House, Southwood Parkway and Clarkson Road.

Tuesday, April 26, 1 to 3 p.m.—Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road.

Walk-up testing is provided. Appointments, however, can be made by calling (804) 205-3501 or going to www.rchd.com.

Call the Richmond and Henrico COVID-19 Hotline at (804) 205-3501 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information on testing sites, or go online at vax.rchd.com.

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, April 18, noon to 6 p.m. — Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.; 1 to 7 p.m. — Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, April 19, 4 to 6 p.m. — Southwood Pool House, Southwood Parkway and Clarkson Road, Pfizer and Moderna; 6 to 9 p.m. — The Healing Place, 2220 Stockton St., Pfizer and Moderna.

Wednesday, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m. — Mondelez International, 6002 S. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer and Moderna.

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Islamic Center of Henrico, 7705 Impala Drive, Pfizer and Moderna.

Children ages 5 to 17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccinations and booster shots are available for all eligible on a walk-in basis. People still 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.

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

RHHD also offers at-home vaccinations by calling (804) 205- 3501 to schedule appointments.

In response to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended the mask mandate for travelers on public transportation through May 3. That includes buses, airplanes, subways and ferries.

A total of 1,115 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,679,418 cases since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 448,933 hospitalizations and 19,918 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 6.6 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 3.4 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 73 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 81.6 percent of the people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. State data also showed that more than 2.9 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 310,501 children have received their first shots, accounting for 42.9 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while 264,949 children, or 36.6 percent, are fully vaccinated, while 535 have received a booster shot or third dose. As of Wednesday, fewer than 139,900 cases, 854 hospitalizations and 10 deaths have been recorded among children in the state.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22.3 percent of cases statewide and 23.2 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 12 percent of cases and 5.1 percent of deaths.