Health officials holding COVID-19, flu vaccine clinic in Danville on Friday

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday afternoon, the Pittsylvania/Danville Health District — with some help from the Medical Reserve Corps — will hold a COVID-19 and influenza vaccination clinic in Danville.

According to the health district, the clinic will offer both Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Danville Community Market at 629 Craghead Street. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

Health officials say that anyone who wants the flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccination can get them both at the site on Friday.

This “point of dispensing” (POD) event is reportedly meant to provide the opportunity for those age 12 to and up to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. However, anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present.

For those seeking a Pfizer booster dose, health officials ask you to keep the following CDC guidelines in mind:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People age 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People age 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People age 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

“With the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to reduce severe illness, hospitalization and death,” said Dr. Scott J. Spillmann, director of the Pittsylvania/Danville and Southside Health Districts.

Meanwhile, the flu vaccine will be available for anyone 18 years of age and older.

“We also ask that everyone who attends the POD continue to follow the three Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance (stay at least six feet apart) and Wash your hands,” Dr. Spillmann said. “We will have areas for waiting at safe distances both before and after vaccination, and have arranged more private vaccination areas for those with special needs. We ask all who are to be vaccinated to please wear ‘vaccine ready’ clothing if possible (giving easy access to your upper arm) and that you arrive at your appointed time and bring the CDC vaccination card given to you with your first dose, or driver’s license or other documentation confirming your identity.”

The Pittsylvania/Danville Health District encourages anyone eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to get the shot if you haven’t done so already. To find a convenient, free vaccination location near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1).

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