VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Immunization Clinic Update | News

SOUTH HILL – The nation’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines has increased and more people can get vaccinated, including at vaccination clinics at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH):

More people are eligible for the vaccine: This week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) expanded who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1c deployment, currently in effect for the Southside Health District, now includes essential workers in the following categories: energy, water, sewage and waste removal workers (including recycling removal workers), housing and construction, food services, transportation and logistics. , Faculty/staff of higher education institutions, finance, information and communication technology, media, legal services, public safety (engineers) and other public health workers.

People aged 16 to 64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe COVID-19 are still eligible for the vaccine.

Anyone over the age of 65, regardless of health status, is still eligible for the vaccine.

What this means for the public:

It is the mission of VCU Health CMH to serve every citizen. This includes a deep commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of the community.

Through a partnership with the Southside Health District, CMH is offering the vaccine to the public in 1a, 1b, and 1c through their Community Immunization Clinic on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting March 26 at the old CMH emergency room, located in South Hill on Buena Vista Circle. These clinics will continue every Friday as long as area residents need to be vaccinated and vaccine supplies are available.

How do you schedule your vaccination?

Contact the CMH Vaccination Clinic by phone at (434) 447-5541 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment to get vaccinated. Please do not leave a message, these messages will not be returned. Slots are limited to 200 per day, so be patient. The CMH will continue to take appointments as long as there is a need. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE ALLOWED AT THE CLINIC.

It may take several months for vaccine supply to catch up with demand. Everyone should continue to take important precautions to help slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, social distancing and limiting gatherings.

Who is eligible for this public vaccination clinic?

Anyone over the age of 65, regardless of their state of health.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 64 and have one or more CDC-listed chronic conditions that are associated with poor COVID-19 outcomes, and

If you live in a community with a higher risk of exposure to COVID based on community prevalence of COVID-19.

If you are an essential worker in the following categories: energy, water, sewage and waste removal workers (including recycling removal workers), housing and construction, catering , transportation and logistics, faculty/staff of higher education institutions, finance, information technology and communication, media, legal services, public safety (engineers) and other public health workers.