Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

1/6/2022, 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, Jan. 6, 2 to 6 p.m., Southside Plaza WIC Office, 509 E. Southside Plaza. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., drive-thru testing.

Friday, Jan. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Diversity Thrift, 1407 Sherwood Ave.

Pick up at-home antigen test events:

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1 to 3 p.m., Richmond Health Department Cary Street Clinic, 400 E. Cary St.

Friday, Jan. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Diversity Thrift, 1407 Sherwood Ave.

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 Friday, 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, Jan. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. – Richmond Health Department Cary Street Clinic, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson; 4 to 7 p.m. – Linwood Holton Elementary School, 1600 W. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 4 to 7 p.m.—Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, 2300 1st Ave., Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 4 to 7 p.m. – Blackwell Elementary School, 300 E. 15th St., Pfizer 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, 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.

A total of 10,728 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,186,887 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there are 43,449 hospitalizations and 15,631 deaths statewide. The state’s seven- day positivity rate reached 32 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 17.4 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 67.8 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 77.6 percent of the people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also show that roughly 2.1 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 233,971 children have received their first shots, accounting for 32.4 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while 166,028 children are fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, fewer than 76,000 cases, 520 hospitalizations and seven deaths have been recorded among children.

State data also show that African-Americans comprised 22.6 percent of cases statewide and 24 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 13.1 percent of cases and 5.7 percent of deaths.

As of Wednesday, Richmond reported a total of 31,873 positive cases, 977 hospitalizations and 391 deaths; Henrico County, 45,747 cases, 1,304 hospitalizations and 750 deaths; Chesterfield County, 51,358 cases, 1,262 hospitalizations and 609 deaths; and Hanover County, 15,378 cases, 403 hospitalizations and 208 deaths.