ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD), Carilion Clinic, and the Superintendents of the Botetourt County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and City of Salem school districts will be holding a kick-off COVID-19 vaccine clinic for employees of public and private K-12 schools in the area on Jan. 22.
School employees will receive an email with details about how to make an appointment for the vaccination. These appointments will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The goal of this event is to vaccinate 2,000 individuals. This clinic will offer a crucial kick-off to reach a substantial number of school employees who have expressed interest in being vaccinated and will serve as a significant step in helping to return our schools to more routine operations. Schools play a critical role in the mental, physical, and social well-being of children as well as in the economy. By protecting the health of teachers and staff at our school, we are protecting the health of the entire community.”Dr. Cynthia Morrow, director of Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
Carilion providers will help staff the clinic, and school employees will be enrolled by their schools or districts. More clinics will be added as needed.
“This event represents the power of partnerships in our community. Working together and continuing to build more partnerships will allow us to get the vaccine into the arms of everyone who wants to get vaccinated over time.”Chad Alvarez, senior director of Carilion Retail Pharmacy and the leader of Carilion’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
Carilion and the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts will continue to make plans for separate events to vaccinate those 65 and older in the coming weeks.