WATCH: Dr. Morrow discusses COVID response, vaccinations within Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts — Dr. Cynthia Morrow — updated community members Tuesday morning on the current response to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccination efforts around the region.

Dr. Morrow also broke down the total vaccinations in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts by age group to show that the older population continues to be the age group that are most vaccinated.

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts)

This online briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 2,242 new COVID-19 cases, 50 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 27 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Of those numbers, the VDH says 137 new COVID-19 cases and one new hospitalization are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: 11 new cases
  • Botetourt County: 17 new cases
  • Covington: Zero new cases
  • Craig County: Seven new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Roanoke City: 33 new cases
  • Roanoke County: 49 new cases
  • Salem: 20 new cases

Meanwhile, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are offering COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in the coming weeks at various clinics, which are listed below:

To set up a vaccine appointment or to learn more about vaccination efforts within the health districts, click here.

The VDH’s free Community Vaccination Center is also open at the former Sears site at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke, ready to provide Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines to adult visitors, as well as the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts say the VDH recommends Pfizer and Moderna boosters to those 18 and older who received their initial shots at least six months ago. If you got the J&J vaccine, boosters are advised for those age 18 and older who were vaccinated at least two months ago.

People who qualify can schedule a booster dose appointment at their pharmacy or health department clinic by visiting the VDH vaccine website.

You can watch Dr. Morrow’s full coronavirus briefing below:

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