Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

6/16/2022, 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, June 22, 8 to 10 a.m. - East Henrico Recreation Center Pavilion, 1440 N Laburnum Ave.

Thursday, June 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - 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:

Tuesday, June 21, 9 a.m. to Noon - Henrico East Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer and Moderna; 1 to 4 p.m. - Gilpin Resource Center Anniversary Celebration, 436 Calhoun St. Suite 105, Pfizer and Moderna.

Wednesday, June 22, 9 a.m. to Noon - Henrico West Headquarters, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer and Moderna.

Thursday, June 23, 1 to 4 p.m. - Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., 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.

New COVID-19 cases in Virginia increased by one percent last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health, while data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association showed a one percent decrease in hospitalizations statewide within the same period.

As of last Thursday, Hanover has again reached high levels of community COVID-19, rejoining Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico in this category.

An advisory panel within the Food and Drug Administration began the process to determine if Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are safe for children under the age of five Wednesday.

The discussion came a day after the same FDA panel unanimously approved the Moderna vaccine for children ages six to 17 years old. That approval still needs to be authorized by the larger FDA authority.

A total of 2,704 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,830,122 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 451,938 hospitalizations and 20,448 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 17.9 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 18.8 percent.

On Tuesday, state health officials reported that 73.9 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 82.4 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also showed that over 3.1 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 321,550 have received their first shots as of Monday, accounting for 44.4 percent of the age group in the state, while 274,966 children, or 37.9 percent, are fully vaccinated and 15,823 children have received a third vaccine dose or booster, making up 2.2 percent of that age group. As of Wednesday, fewer than 153,130 cases, 905 hospitalizations and 11 deaths have been recorded among children in the state.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22 percent of cases statewide and 23.2 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 11.6 percent of cases and 5.1 percent of deaths.