Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

4/21/2022, 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 location:

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

Walk-up testing is provided. Appointments, however, can be set 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:

Friday, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m. — 25th Street, 1111 N. 25th St., Pfizer and Moderna.

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

Monday, April 25, noon to 6 p.m. — Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson; 1 to 7 p.m. — Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Wednesday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon - Henrico Health Department West, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer and Moderna; 2 to 4 p.m. — Lincoln Mews Apartments, 4101 North Ave., Pfizer and Moderna.

Thursday, April 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Hillside Court Resource Center, 1615 Glenfield Ave., 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 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.

Late last week, Virginia reached the grim milestone of more than 20,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved emergency use authorization to a Virginia-based company, MicroGEM, for a COVID-19 saliva test. The PCR test, which is quick and non-invasive, can deliver results in about 27 minutes without laboratory work or analysis, according to the company.

A total of 1,207 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,688,068 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 449,170 hospitalizations and 20,009 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 7.2 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 6.6 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 73.1 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 81.7 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also showed that more than 2.98 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 311,943 have received their first shots, accounting for 43.1 percent of the age group in the state, while 266,135 children, or 36.7 percent, are fully vaccinated and 550 children have received a booster shot or third dose. As of Wednesday, fewer than 140,540 cases, 853 hospitalizations and nine 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 11.9 percent of cases and 5.1 percent of deaths.