Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.
The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following location:
• Thursday, June 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg 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.
The Richmond and Henrico health districts are offering free walk-up COVID-19 vaccines at the following locations:
• Thursday, June 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer for ages six months and older, Moderna for ages six months to five years old and ages 12 years and older.
• Tuesday, June 28, 9 a.m. to Noon – Henrico East Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Pfizer for ages six months and older, Moderna for ages six months to five years old and ages 12 years and older.
• Wednesday, June 29, 9 a.m. to Noon – Henrico West Headquarters, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Pfizer for ages six months and older, Moderna for ages six months to five years old and ages 12 years and older; 2 to 4 p.m. – Acclaim at Carriage Hill, 7050 Coachman Lane, Pfizer for ages five to eleven years old and ages 12 and older, Moderna for ages 12 years and older.
• Thursday, June 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Richmond Henrico Health District, 400 E. Cary St., Pfizer for ages six months and older, Moderna for ages six months to five years old and ages 12 years and older.
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. Residents may call (804) 205-3501 to schedule appointments.
New COVID-19 cases in Virginia decreased by 12 percent last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health, while data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association showed a six percent decrease in hospitalizations statewide within the same period.
Vaccines for children between the ages of six months and five years old began to be administered Tuesday throughout the United States, after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved doses from Pfizer and Moderna last week.
For the city of Richmond and Henrico County, vaccines for this age group also began Tuesday through the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts. Capacity is limited for all of their vaccination events, and residents are encouraged to set appointments online before arrival, as walk-up appointments aren’t guaranteed.
For those unable to get appointments for certain events, help to set up appointments for future events will be available. Childhood vaccine doses will also be provided through RHHD’s Doses on Demand program.
A total of 2,592 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Wednesday for the 24-hour period, contributing to an overall state total of 1,846,905 cases in Virginia since the pandemic’s outbreak. As of Wednesday, there have been 452,066 hospitalizations and 20,482 deaths statewide. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 17.6 percent on Wednesday. Last week, the positivity rate was 17.9 percent.
On Wednesday, state health officials reported that 73.9 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, while 82.5 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
State data also showed that over 3.1 million people in Virginia have received booster shots or third doses of the vaccine.
Among those ages 5 to 11 in Virginia, 321,550 have received their first shots as of Monday, accounting for 44.4 percent of the age group in the state, while 274,966 children, or 37.9 percent, are fully vaccinated and 15,823 children have received a third vaccine dose or booster, making up 2.2 percent of that age group. As of Wednesday, fewer than 154,600 cases, 915 hospitalizations and 11 deaths have been recorded among children in the state.
State data also shows that African-Americans comprised 22 percent of cases statewide and 23.1 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 11.5 percent of cases and 5.1 percent of deaths.