ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) and Carilion Clinic will hold an 8,000-dose COVID-19 clinic this weekend at Berglund Center in Roanoke.
This clinic — which is set to take place on Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 — will be using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will be able to expand appointments to more eligible Phase 1b residents.
The Commonwealth has also dispatched 26 members from the Virginia National Guard to support logistical efforts related to this clinic.
“The goal of this event is to vaccinate 8,000 individuals currently eligible under the Phase 1b guidelines. This clinic will offer a crucial kick-off to reach a substantial number of all those eligible under Phase 1b who have expressed interest in being vaccinated. While we intend to continue to target vaccination appointments to those over the age of 65, the authorization of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine means that we have enough doses to expand appointment opportunities to an even larger segment of the RCAHD community.”Dr. Cynthia Morrow, health director of Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
This clinic will primarily be targeted to Phase 1b-eligible RCAHD residents between the ages of 18-64 with an underlying medical condition.
An email will be sent later this week to qualifying individuals who have signed up through the state website with more details inviting them to make an appointment, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’re excited to partner with VDH to offer expanded vaccine access. While there’s still a long way to go, this is an important next step to get vaccines into the arms of everyone in our community.”Chad Alvarez, senior director of Carilion Retail Pharmacy and the leader of Carilion’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
Individuals interested in receiving a vaccine in Virginia are encouraged to sign up on the pre-registration site at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.
Everyone is encouraged to pre-register even if they are not currently eligible to receive vaccine now. After pre-registering through the state site, individuals will be contacted when it is their turn to receive a vaccine.
More clinics will be added in the future as supplies continue to increase.