New River Health District to hold last large-scale vaccine clinic Tuesday


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, the New River Health District is set to hold its last large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Blacksburg before switching to a series of smaller, more localized vaccination events.

The mass vaccination clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium.

Health officials say all COVID vaccines are free, safe, effective, and available to all Virginians ages 12 and up, with permission from the adolescents’ parents or guardians.

According to the health district, the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines will all be available at Tuesday’s clinic. However, depending on attendance, Pfizer doses may be reserved for those ages 12 to 17.

Children between the age of 12 and 15 need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone acting in the place of a guardian. That person must read the Emergency Use Authorization and attest to the child’s age, officials say.

“As vaccine supplies have increased, we have held a series of large, destination-style vaccination events throughout the health district, and many of our residents have taken the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones by becoming vaccinated,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District. “We have held many smaller clinics as well, and now will transition to emphasizing more local and mobile events, to provide vaccines to those who may have challenges with transportation or vaccine access.”

Even though scheduling an appointment in advance will reduce potential wait times, appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcome, according to the health district.

You can find more information about vaccine clinics at or over the phone at (540) 838-8222.

As of Friday, May 14, health officials say more than 125,000 COVID vaccines have been administered, more than 59,000 people are fully vaccinated (32%), and more than 74,000 people (41%) have received at least one dose of the vaccine in the New River Health District.

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