Free COVID testing, vaccines

3/17/2022, 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:

Friday, March 18, 4 to 6 p.m. – Southwood Pool House, Southwood Parkway and Clarkson 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:

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.

Monday, March 21, 4 to 7 p.m. – Crestview Elementary School, 1901 Charles St., Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Tuesday, March 22, 9 to 11 a.m. – Chippenham Place Apartments, 5833 Orcutt Lane; 1 to 3 p.m. – Oakland Village Apartments, 1400 Old Bronze Road, Pfizer and Moderna.

Wednesday, March 23, 9 to 11 a.m. – Mosby Resource Center, 1543 Coalter St; 1 to 3 p.m. – Hillside Resource Center, 1500 Harwood St., Pfizer and Moderna.

Children ages 5 to 17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccinations and booster shots are available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed, but those interested in scheduling an appointment can make one 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.

Richmond and Henrico health district officials announced Wednesday that the Community Vaccination Center at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center will be shut down Friday, March 25. They attributed the closure to low demand for the vaccine.

A total of 1,222 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,657,990 cases since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 448,178 hospitalizations and 19,392 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 4 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 5.5 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 72.3 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 81.1 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, 303,181 children have received their first shots, accounting for 41.8 percent of the eligible age group in the state, while 256,596 children, or 35.4 percent, are fully vaccinated and 427 have received a booster shot or third dose.

As of Wednesday, fewer than 137,000 cases, 864 hospitalizations and eight deaths have been recorded among children.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22.4 percent of cases statewide and 23.3 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 12 percent of cases and 5.2 percent of deaths.