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All COVID vaccine clinics in Richmond and Henrico now open to walk-ins
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All COVID vaccine clinics in Richmond and Henrico now open to walk-ins

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In mid-February, Ashleigh Trobaugh, a registered nurse at Godwin High School, drew a dose of the Moderna vaccine at Richmond Raceway.

COVID vaccinations in Richmond at the Arthur Ashe Center

Starting Wednesday, every vaccination clinic in Richmond and Henrico County will be open to walk-ins.

This marks a major turnaround from last month when demand outpaced available supply, making it a slim possibility for the health districts to feasibly do so outside of smaller events.

The first walk-up clinic was on April 22 for immigrants and refugees in an effort to boost vaccine access for those populations. About 500 Moderna shots were available. Since then, more slots have gone unfilled as demand across the state wanes.

While scheduling an appointment is no longer required, residents can still make one online at vax.rchd.com or by calling the local call center at (804) 205-3501.

Amy Popovich, nurse manager at the Richmond and Henrico health districts, said the decision was made due to multiple factors: significant progress in the vaccination effort; increased supply; more access points through pharmacies and doctors’ offices; and some remaining skepticism.

“Because of this, we can be less reliant on our registration systems,” Popovich added. “We can accommodate more individuals at our events who do not have an appointment scheduled in advance.”

Chickahominy Health District, which includes Hanover County, has been offering walk-ins at the majority of its clinics for more than a month, but appointments can still be made. All Chesterfield Health Department vaccination events also allow walk-ins, with mobile clinics launching Thursday.

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone regardless of immigration status or whether an individual has health insurance. Text GETVAX to 438829 or VACUNA to 822862 to find vaccines nearby.

Upcoming walk-in events

Monday-Saturday until May 29

Virginia State University

Time: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

Thursday, May 13

Trinity Baptist Church

Where: 2811 Fendall Ave.

Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

Vaccine: Moderna

Fairfield Resource Center

Where: 2506 Phaup St.

Time: 2 to 3 p.m.

Vaccine: Moderna

Ashland Junction

Where: 135 Junction Drive, Ashland

Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

Vaccine: Moderna and Johnson & Johnson

Goochland Central High Cultural and Educational Center

Where: 2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccine: Moderna

Friday, May 14

Virginia Union University

Where: 1359 W. Graham Road

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer

New Kent High School

Where: 7635 Egypt Road, New Kent

What time: 9 a.m. to noon

Vaccine: Moderna

Ashland Junction

Where: 135 Junction Drive, Ashland

What time: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Vaccine: Moderna

Tuesday, May 18

George Wythe High School

Where: 4313 Crutchfield St.

Time: noon to 5 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer

Wednesday, May 19

Richmond Raceway

Where: 600 E. Laburnum Ave.

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer

Peter Paul Development Center

Where: 1708 N. 22nd St.

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Vaccine: Moderna

George Wythe High School

Where: 4313 Crutchfield St.

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson

Thursday, May 20

Richmond Raceway

Where: 600 E. Laburnum Ave.

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer

Friday, May 21

Virginia Union University

Where: 1359 W. Graham Road

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vaccine: Pfizer

smoreno@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6103

Twitter: @sabrinaamorenoo

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