DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District will hold a vaccination clinic Friday at the former J.C. Penney store on the Danville Mall campus.
This closed “point of dispensing” (POD) event on Friday, March 5 is to provide first doses of the Moderna vaccine, by appointment only. All available appointments for this event have been filled.
“Collaborative and ongoing efforts are under way to vaccinate those in Phases 1a and 1b who are most at risk of falling ill with COVID-19, and most critical to healthcare, public safety and the essential functions of society and to reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.”Scott J. Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Pittsylvania/Danville and Southside Health Districts
So far, officials say nearly 8,500 vaccinations have been administered in Danville and more than 13,000 in Pittsylvania County.
Though vaccine supply is improving, it remains limited. All Virginia health districts continue to vaccinate prioritized individuals in Phases 1a and 1b.
To pre-register for a future vaccination event, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call the COVID Vaccine Hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available, in more than 100 languages.
Though vaccine supply is limited and not yet widely available, anyone may pre-register.
Keep in mind, the online portal does not reserve a vaccine or create a vaccination appointment. However, the portal does collect contact information, so that when the vaccine is available, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) can contact you to make an appointment.
Medical professionals have reported that vaccine demand is extraordinarily high and supplies are significantly limited. Anyone who provides their contact information may have to wait days or weeks to receive a return call or email, and then wait weeks or even months to get a vaccination appointment.
“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 continued. “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 your driver’s license or other documentation confirming your identity.”Scott J. Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Pittsylvania/Danville and Southside Health Districts
These PODs are presented with cooperation and support from Sovah Health-Danville, the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, the Averett University and Danville Community College Schools of Nursing, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. The City worked with Hull Property Group, which owns and operates the mall, to secure the space.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, visit the VDH website.