Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

2/24/2022, 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:

Thursday, Feb. 24, 8 to 10 a.m.—Fresh Anointing Cathedral parking lot, 3001 2nd Ave.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.— Creighton Resource Center parking lot, 2150 Creighton Road; 4 to 6 p.m.—Southside Plaza WIC Office, 509 E. Southside Plaza.

Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center parking lot, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.

Friday, Feb. 25, 4 to 6 p.m. – Southwood Pool House, Southwood Parkway and Clarkson Road.

All events will provide walk-up testing, although

appointments can still 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:

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Community Vaccination Center, Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. – Richmond Health Department Cary Street Clinic, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Richmond Alternative School, 119 W. Leigh St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Monday, Feb. 28, 4 to 7 p.m. – Crestview Elementary School, 1901 Charles St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, March 1, 3 to 6 p.m. – Southwood Pool House, 1601 Clarkson Road, Apartment B, Pfizer and Moderna; 4 to 7 p.m. – Chimborazo Elementary School, 3000 E. Marshall St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Wednesday, March 2, 4 to 7 p.m. – J.L. Francis Elementary School, 5146 Snead Road, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Thursday, March 3, 4 to 7 p.m. – River City Middle School, 6300 Hull Street Road, 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, but those interested can still do so for some events. 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.

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

Citing a decrease in public demand, Chesterfield County health officials have announced the closure of its vaccination clinic at the Rockwood Square Shopping Center. Mobile testing events and a change in vaccination distribution will be announced.

A total of 1,993 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,632,675 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 447,620 hospitalizations and 18,338 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 8.8 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 11.4 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 71.9 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 80.7 percent of the people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also showed that nearly 2.8 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 294,440 children have received their first shots, accounting for 40.6 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while more than 244,256 children, or 33.7 percent of those ages 5 to 11, are fully vaccinated and more than 347 have received a booster shot or third dose. As of Wednesday, less than 134,000 cases, 813 hospitalizations and eight deaths have been recorded among children.

State data also show that African-Americans comprised 22.4 percent of cases statewide and 23.4 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 12.2 percent of cases and 5.3 percent of deaths.