Vaccination and flu shot clinic available at Danville Community Market

Southside Virginia News

In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, a certified medical assistant prepares doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District (PDHD) is making it easier to get a COVID vaccine and flu shot.

The clinic will be held at the Danville Community Market located at 629 Craghead Street on Friday, Oct. 22.

“With the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are designed to reduce severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” said the health director of the Pittsylvania/Danville and Southside Health Districts, Dr. Scott J. Spillmann.

For anyone who is looking to get a COVID vaccine, the clinic will offer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine at no cost to anyone 12 years and older. Health officials will also offer third doses and boosters of the Pfizer vaccine.

According to health officials, the flu shot will be available at no cost for anyone 18 years and older.

“The same mitigation measures we have been using for COVID – washing hands, watching distances and crowds, and wearing the mask – are also effective to help reduce spread of influenza; however, just as a vaccination for COVID is the optimal way to help prevent that illness, a vaccination against influenza is the best way to help protect people from that disease,” Dr. Spillmann said. “Typically, in a normal year, millions of people contract the flu, more than 250,000 are hospitalized, and at least 40,000 unfortunately succumb fatally to its wrath. Some years these numbers are even higher. One concern is that since fewer people were exposed to influenza last year, then more might be at risk for this virus (which is different from the one causing COVID-19). The better protected we are from each of these illnesses, the less at risk we are from serious consequences from either of them.”

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. until noon. There is no need for an appointment and walk-ins are welcome.

Health officials ask people to wear ‘vaccine ready’ clothing — making it easy for staff to access your upper arm. You are also asked to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card that was given at your first dose, or driver’s license, or other documentation confirming your identity.

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