BRHD working to get people who are eligible their 2nd boosters

Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 3:56 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - For some, it’s time to line up to get that second booster dose against COVID-19. However, there are questions about where to go since the health department has scaled back its clinics.

The Blue Ridge Health District says it is making it easy for people over 50 and those who are immunocompromised to get that second shot.

“The science does show that these boosters are effective in keeping us safe and healthy, and individuals who receive that booster - and of course the second booster - are much less likely to face hospitalizations, death, or severe infection,” BRHD Public Information Officer Jason Elliott said Friday, April 1.

If you are four months out from your last COVID-19 booster shot and eligible under the new guidelines, the CDC says it is time to sign up for that second booster.

“In the very near future, you’ll be able to hop on to the online portal to schedule your vaccine just like we have for everything else. In the meantime, all BRHD clinics are walk ins, so you can come in or you can make an appointment by calling our Blue Ridge Health District’s covid-19 resource hotline,” Elliott said.

Primary care providers and pharmacies are also giving out vaccines and BRHD says that even with vaccine centers closing it isn’t worried about demand exceeding supply.

“There is no concern right now that vaccines will not be available for those who need them. VDH has confirmed that there’s an ample supply of vaccines and boosters available to all Virginians who are ready to get vaccinated are boosted,” Elliott said.

The BRHD’s covid-19 hotline is 434-972-6261.

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