Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

5/5/2022, 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, May 5, 4 to 7 p.m. – Broad Rock Sports Complex, 4899 Old Warwick Road.

Walk-up testing is provided. Appointments, however, can 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:

Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Highland Springs Community Day, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, 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 an appointment.

A total of 3,187 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,710,272 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 449,705 hospitalizations and 20,256 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 10.4 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 8.5 percent.

State health officials reported on Wednesday that 73.3 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 81.9 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

State data also showed that nearly 3 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 314,354 have received their first shots, accounting for 43.4 percent of the age group in the state, while 268,356 children, or 37 percent, are fully vaccinated and 577 children have received a booster shot or third dose. As of Wednesday, fewer than 142,600 cases, 863 hospitalizations and nine deaths have been recorded among children in the state.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22.2 percent of cases statewide and 23.2 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 11.9 percent of cases and 5.1 percent of deaths.