New River Health District to hold last mass vaccination clinic on May 18

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(WFXR) — Citing a marked drop in demand for vaccines, the New River Health District announced earlier this week that it will stop holding large vaccination clinics by mid-May.

The last mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic organized by the New River Health District will be held on May 18 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, health officials say.

People can either make appointments for a vaccine through the health district’s website or walk into one of the remaining mass clinics and receive their dose based on the availability of supplies.

According to the statement published by the New River Health District on Tuesday, April 27, more than 30 percent of the district’s residents have been fully vaccinated and more than 50 percent have received at least one dose. However, with so many people already vaccinated, the demand for vaccines has decreased in recent weeks.

“We would like to get at least 75% of the population vaccinated to reach herd immunity,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, the health director of the New River Health District, “and to reach the last group of people, we will need to expand options.”

NRV health officials say they will continue to host smaller vaccine clinics through local health departments and pharmacy partners. You can also use Vaccine Finder to find vaccine opportunities near you at chain pharmacies like CVS, Kroger’s, and Walmart, which are coordinating directly with the federal government. 

“The vaccines are safe and very effective. Once you are vaccinated, you will be far less likely to get COVID-19, and even less likely to get seriously ill or die if you do get the virus,” said Dr. Bissell.

The New River Health District says it will also expand its mobile and outreach clinics to bring the vaccine to people facing mobility and transportation challenges.

“The pandemic will continue to be a risk to our community until a large majority of the population is vaccinated,” the New River Health District said in Tuesday’s statement. “We strongly encourage everyone to get their free vaccine at the first opportunity available, and to continue with COVID-19 prevention strategies.”

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