Free COVID-19 testing, vaccines

11/23/2022, 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:

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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:

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 to 11 a.m. - Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., JYNNEOS shots, walk-ups only.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 to 11 a.m. - Henrico West Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., JYNNEOS, walk-ups only; 2 to 4 p.m., Moderna for ages 6 months to 5 years old, Moderna for ages 18 and older, Pfizer for ages 6 months and older, Novavax and Flu shots, walk-ups welcome but appointments encouraged.

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

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 age 12 and up, while the new Moderna booster is for those age 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 are now offering bivalent Pfizer and Moderna boosters to children between the ages 5 and 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 dropped by 15 percent during the last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health, and data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association showed hospitalizations statewide dropped by 5 percent.

Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover have remained at low levels of community COVID-19. No localities in Virginia are ranked at high community COVID levels, while 29 were ranked at medium as of last week.

A total of 490 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Monday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 2,139,759 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Monday, there have been 456,234 hospitalizations and 22,304 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 7.8 percent on Monday. Last week, the positivity rate was 7.4 percent.

On Monday, state health officials reported that over 17.8 million COVID-19 doses had been administered, with 73.4 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated at the time. State data also showed that over 4.8 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.

Among ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 340,348 have received their first shots as of Monday, accounting for 47 percent of the age group in the state, while 298,988 children, or 41.3 percent, are fully vaccinated. In this age group, 54,369 children have received a monovalent booster, making up 7.5 percent, while 21,161 have gotten a bivalent booster shot, accounting for 7.3 percent of this group.

As of Monday, 58,174 children from the ages of zero to four have received their first doses, making up 12.8 percent of the population in Virginia, while 43,644 are fully vaccinated, or 9.6 percent of the population. On Tuesday, fewer than 176,830 cases, 1,066 hospitalizations and 15 deaths were 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.