Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

11/3/2022, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney receives his COVID-19 booster shot and flu shot on Oct. 13 to show that both shots can safely be administered the same day. Photo by Regina H. Boone

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:

Thursday, Nov. 3 & Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Southside Women, Infants and Children Office, 509 E. Southside Plaza; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 & Nov. 16, 8 to 10 a.m. - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N Laburnum 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 and flu vaccines at the following locations:

Thursday, Nov. 3 & Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m. - Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old and ages 18 years and older, appointments encouraged.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 & Nov. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. - Henrico Health District West Headquarters, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old and ages 18 years and older, Novavax and Flu shots, appointments encouraged.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 3 to 5 p.m. - Mosby Resource Center, 1536 Coalter St., Flu shots, open to the public.

People can schedule an appointment online at vase.vdh.virginia.gov, 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 boosters, updated to better protect against the latest variants of the virus, are now available. The new Pfizer booster is approved for those aged 12 and up, while the new Moderna booster is for those aged 18 and older.

As with previous COVID-19 boosters, the new doses can only be received after an initial two vaccine shots, and those who qualify are instructed to wait at least two months after their second COVID- 19 vaccine.

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts is now offering bivalent Pfizer and Moderna boosters to children between the ages of 5 to 11 in clinics in the near future. Children in this age range will be eligible after at least two months since their last vaccine dose.

New COVID-19 cases in Virginia rose by 5 percent during the last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health, and data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association showed hospitalizations statewide increased by 6 percent.

Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover have remained at low levels of community COVID-19. Two localities in Virginia are ranked at high community COVID levels, while 35 are ranked at medium.

A total of 1,094 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 2,114,758 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 455,866 hospitalizations and 22,211 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 8.9 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 9 percent.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 73.1 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. State data also showed that over 4.5 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 338,845 have received their first shots as of Wednesday, accounting for 46.8 percent of the age group in the state, while 297,589 children, or 41.1 percent, are fully vaccinated. In this age group, 54,181 children have received a monovalent booster, making up 7.5 percent, while 7,698 have gotten a bivalent booster shot, accounting for 2.7 percent of this group.

As of Wednesday, 54,727 children from the ages of zero to four have received their first doses, making up 12 percent of the population in Virginia, while 40,146 are fully vaccinated, or 8.8 percent of the population. As of Wednesday, fewer than 176,830 cases, 1,066 hospitalizations and 15 deaths have been recorded among children in the state.

State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22.1 percent of cases statewide and 22.9 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 11.2 percent of cases and 4.9 percent of deaths.

As of Wednesday, Richmond reported a total of 58,542 cases, 1,216 hospitalizations and 549 deaths; Henrico County, 82,600 cases, 1,643 hospitalizations and 1,029 deaths; Chesterfield County, 92,576 cases, 1,676 hospitalizations and 831 deaths; and Hanover County, 26,792 cases, 821 hospitalizations and 325 deaths.

Compiled by George Copeland Jr.