West Piedmont Health District to hold one-day COVID-19 vaccination event for 1,100 community members


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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — The West Piedmont Health District and Carilion Clinic are partnering together to host a one-day COVID-19 vaccination event.

This event is specifically for 1,100 West Piedmont community members — which covers the City of Martinsville and Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties — who are 65 years of age or older.

The drive-thru event will be held at Ben Franklin Middle School on Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required to attend.

“This is our largest COVID-19 vaccine event to date in Franklin County, and we are thrilled to get the vaccines into the arms of some of our most vulnerable residents. Thanks to strong community partnerships, we were able to efficiently coordinate this event as soon as the vaccine resources became available. This will act as a model for larger-scale distribution in our district going forward.”

Penny Hall, Chief Operations Officer for the West Piedmont Health District

Eligible community members 65 and older who have signed up through the state website will receive an email with more details inviting them to make an appointment, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those without email addresses will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment.

“We are so excited to co-host the first of several large-scale vaccine clinics in the greater Franklin County with our health district partners. It’s been heartening to see such a high level of community interest in this vaccine. While space in this first clinic will be limited, we are working diligently to assist VDH as they offer future opportunities as vaccine supplies become more readily available.”

Carl Cline, vice president and administrator for Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital

Registered participants will be able to drive up to the main entrance of the school and follow a one-way flow of traffic for a full-service vaccine drive-thru. Masks and IDs are required for this clinic.

Organizers plan to add future vaccine clinics as vaccine supplies become available.

Those interested in receiving a vaccine in the state of Virginia are encouraged to sign up on the pre-registration site at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA. All citizens are strongly urged to pre-register even if they are not currently eligible to receive vaccines now.

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