Central Shenandoah Health District hosts community information team to promote COVID-19 vaccines


FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2020, file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester, Pa. Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12. The company released the preliminary findings Tuesday, May 25, 2021, based on testing on more than 3,700 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Health’s Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), has announced that the health district and localities will be hosting a Community Information Team beginning on Tuesday, June 22.

The team’s mission is to support COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts through the health district.

Outreach includes going door-to-door in an effort to canvass residential neighborhoods and at local businesses in the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath and Highland – as well as the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington and Buena Vista.

The Community Information Team will provide health education,, information about upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics and registration opportunities for specific clinics.

CSHD continues to work with local healthcare partners to provide walk-in vaccination clinics throughout the district.

Appointments are also available.

The team, whose members will wear branded vests, will assist anyone who wishes to make an appointment to receive a vaccine.

“CSHD is excited to collaborate with VDEM and FEMA to increase access to information about the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities. While we have come far in our vaccine rollout, we are in the final stretch where every vaccination counts. The Community Information Team is one strategy of many we are implementing to reach our goal of 70 percent of adults vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Laura Kornegay, M.D., Director of the Central Shenandoah Health District

As of Monday, June 21, 56.7 percent of the adult population in the Central Shenandoah Health District has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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