Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

3/10/2022, 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, March 10, 8 to 10 a.m. – Arthur Ashe Center parking lot, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – RHHD Hillside Resource Center parking lot, 1615 Glenfield Ave.; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – RHHD Southwood Resource Center parking lot, 1754 Clarkson Road.

Friday, March 11, 4 to 6 p.m. – Southwood Pool House, Southwood Parkway and Clarkson Road.

All events will provide walk-up testing, though 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, March 10, 4 to 7 p.m. – Northside YMCA, 4207 Old Brook Rd. and Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Friday, March 11, 9 a.m. to noon – Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St.; 2 to 4 p.m. – Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road, Pfizer and Moderna.

Monday, March 14, 4 to 7 p.m. – Skipwith Elementary School, 2401 Skipwith Road, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Wednesday, March 16, 9 to 11 a.m. – Gilpin Resource Center, 436 Calhoun St. Suite 105; 1 to 3 p.m. – Creighton Resource Center, 2101 Creighton Road, Pfizer and Moderna.

Children aged 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.

On Monday, deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 6 million worldwide. Officials said, however, that number is likely an undercount of the actual number of deaths that have occurred during the pandemic.

Families and individuals can order additional free at-home COVID-19 test kits through the federal distribution at www.covidtests.gov. Test kits also can be ordered by calling (800) 232-0233 or TTY (888) 720-7489 from 8 a.m. to midnight.

A total of 1,015 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,650,281 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 448,178 hospitalizations and 19,130 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 5.5 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 8 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 72.2 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 81 percent of the people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. State data also showed that more than 2.8 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 300,983 children have received their first shots, accounting for 41.5 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while 253,464 children, or 35 percent, are fully vaccinated and 413 have received a booster shot or third dose. As of Wednesday, 140,000 cases, 790 hospitalizations and 11 deaths have been recorded among children.

State data also show that African-Americans comprised 22.3 percent of cases statewide and 23.3 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 12.1 percent of cases and 5.2 percent of deaths.