‘We want people to live as long as they can’: Roanoke funeral home partners with VDH to provide vaccinations, booster shots


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) teamed up with Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home to offer first and second dose COVID-19 vaccine shots, along with booster shots for those who qualify, in the parking lot of the funeral home located in Roanoke.

People ages 65 and older were able to receive the booster shot, as well as people ages 18 to 64 who have underlying health conditions.

Michael Hamlar, president and owner of Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home and Crematory, says it was important to encourage people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“It’s necessary. I mean we want to curb the pandemic as much as possible. Keep people safe. I know we’re in death-care but we want people to live as long as they can,” said Hamlar.

Hamlar says he has seen the effects of COVID-19 up close and personal.

“For people that say COVID is not real, I say ‘please tell that daughter that just buried their child.’ You know that we just handled their service. Or tell that daughter that lost her mother and father within 12 hours of each other,” said Hamlar. “You know, it’s real. We see it here everyday, day in and day out.”

Shawn Moon, a local resident, got vaccinated for the first time due to the federal mandates for specific jobs.

“A lot of jobs are going to be changing laws to where you are going to have to get the vaccine shot to work there and get employed. So, I got mine for that,” said Moon.

The VDH will continue to collaborate with organizations and businesses. The next clinic will be in partnership with a local McDonalds on Oct. 6.

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