Mass vaccination clinic at JMU as CSHD moves into Phase 2

Mass vaccination clinic at JMU as CSHD moves into Phase 2
Vaccination clinic at JMU (Source: WHSV)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Around 2,500 people got vaccinated Friday, April9, at James Madison University’s Convocation Center. Mass vaccination clinics like this are something the Virginia Department of Health plans to continue.

“The leaps and bounds we’ve made in progress for vaccinating people has been incredible, and we really appreciate the community’s patience as we get through vaccinating those who are most vulnerable, who are underserved populations, and those who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” Central Shenandoah Health District Public Information Officer Laura Lee Wight said.

This clinic comes as the Central Shenandoah Health District moved into Phase 2 on Friday.

“All individuals who in our health district, who live or work here, are eligible for the vaccine if they’re age 16 and older. Don’t forget that there is only one vaccine currently available for 16 and 17-year-olds, and that’s the Pfizer vaccine,” Wight said.

Moving into Phase 2 also means having more vaccine opportunities become available.

“A lot more avenues to get the vaccine in our health district, whether it be through pharmacies or more hospital system clinics or the federally qualified health centers, and hopefully, too, we’ll see our doctor’s offices also start offering the COVID-19 vaccine,” Wight said.

Around 155,430 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the Central Shenandoah Health District, and around 65,000 people are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Even as the district moves forward into Phase 2, Wight said it’s important to still pre-register at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA and continue to follow public health measures.

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