Roanoke City/Alleghany Health District encourages young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — President Joe Biden now says that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination by April 19, but many health districts in our area are already vaccinating everyone over the age of 16.

While it’s good news that everyone is invited, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, says she is a little bit discouraged because the vaccination clinics this week are not filling up as fast as they have in recent days. 

Dr. Morrow says it seems harder to convince college students and other younger, healthier people to get the shot.

According to Dr. Morrow, “the important thing is to think a little bit outside of your own risk. While you as a healthy young person may not be at risk for hospitalization or death associated with COVID, you can transmit it to someone who is.”

While some people have experienced issues booking an appointment, Dr. Morrow says everyone who registered before yesterday should have already received an invitation to a clinic.

Anyone who was pre-registered in the district but has not received an invitation should call the health department’s hotline at (540) 613-6597 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get an appointment.

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