Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

8/18/2022, 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:

Thursday, Aug. 18, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road.

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:

Thursday, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, 1 to 4 p.m. - Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old and ages 18 years and older, appointments encouraged for Aug. 18 and appointments only for Aug. 25.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Henrico East Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old and ages 18 years and older, appointments only.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1 to 4 p.m., Henrico West Health Department, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old and ages 18 years and older, appointments only.

People can schedule an appointment online at vase.vdh.virginia.gov, 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.

On Tuesday, Virginia reached 2 million reported cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic first began. This number is likely an undercount of the true number of cases the state has seen, given the spread of at-home tests and the possibility of positive cases not being tested for a number of reasons.

New COVID-19 cases in Virginia decreased by 7 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Health, while hospitalization data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association fell by 3 percent.

As of last Thursday, the city of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover are still at high levels of community COVID-19. A total of 61 Virginia localities are at high community COVID-19 levels, an decrease from 65 localities two weeks earlier.

A total of 2,783 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 2,005,336 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 453,695 hospitalizations and 21,203 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 22.6 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 24.2 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 72.1 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 82.3 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also showed that over 3.6 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 331,861 have received their first shots as of Tuesday, accounting for 45.8 percent of the age group in the state, while 287,786 children, or 39.7 percent, are fully vaccinated and 42,506 children have received a third vaccine dose or booster, making up 5.9 percent of that age group.

On Wednesday, 36,072 children from the ages of zero to four have received the first doses, making up 7.9 percent of the population in Virginia, while 7,438 are fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, fewer than 169,000 cases, 1,018 hospitalizations and 15 deaths have been recorded among children in the state.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22.1 percent of cases statewide and 22.9 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 11.2 percent of cases and 4.9 percent of deaths.