New River Health District receives new J&J vaccines for those at higher risk; schedules vaccination clinic at Radford University on Monday

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Clinic scheduled at Radford University only available to prioritized populations. Those who qualify will be contacted.

Pharmacist Madeline Acquilano draws a syringe of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The first shipments of the vaccine arrived at the hospital Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The New River Health District, along with the Virginia Department of Health has announced it has received 5,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Half of the allocation will be delivered to pharmacies and other partners in the district to be administered to those age 65 and older.

The other half will be distributed to frontline essential workers and high-priority categories in Phase 1b and those in Phase 1a who have waited specifically for the single-dose vaccine.

On Monday, March 8, an appointment-only vaccination event is scheduled at the Dedmon Center at Radford University to dole out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to these prioritized populations.

Due to continued limited supplies of the vaccine, this is not a public event.

Vaccines will only be given out to those individuals at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 or who have severe illness. These individuals will receive invitations and appointments.

Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved for those 18 years and older.

“All of the approved vaccines are excellent. They are all safe and they all do an excellent job of preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death. Those are our biggest public health goals. As vaccine supplies continue to increase, I strongly encourage everyone to get the first vaccine available to them.”

Noelle Bissell, Director of the New River Health District

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