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State-run community vaccination sites to close Monday due to snow forecasts

By: - January 2, 2022 7:18 pm

A COVID-19 vaccination event for adults and children was offered through Richmond and Henrico Health Districts at Fairfield Middle School in Henrico County, Va, November 13, 2021. (Parker Michels-Boyce/ For the Virginia Mercury)

The Virginia Department of Health is closing its COVID-19 community vaccination sites Monday based on forecasts of snow in many parts of the state, including the central and northern regions, which could see up to four to six inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The closures will affect state-run vaccinations centers in Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Prince William, Richmond and Roanoke, according to a news release from the department. All Monday vaccination appointments will be canceled, but patients should be notified and can reschedule through the state’s vaccination appointment portal.

The agency said it will wait until Monday afternoon to decide whether to reopen the sites on Tuesday.

A federally run vaccine clinic at Military Circle Mall in Norfolk will not offer the shots on Monday, but will still be open for COVID-19 testing, according to the release.

“Individuals are advised to reschedule missed vaccine appointments as soon as possible,” the agency wrote. “Second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be safely extended up to 42 days after the first dose is given. Thus those who had scheduled a return date of 21 or 28 days after their first dose still have some time to receive a timely vaccine.”

Those who aren’t vaccinated within 42 days after the first dose can still receive a second dose and be considered fully vaccinated, according to the department, “though per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is limited information on the effectiveness of receiving a second dose beyond 42 days.”

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Kate Masters
Kate Masters

An award-winning reporter, Kate grew up in Northern Virginia before moving to the Midwest, earning her degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She spent a year covering gun violence and public health for The Trace in Boston before joining The Frederick News-Post in Frederick County, Md. While at the News-Post, she won first place in feature writing and breaking news from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, and Best in Show for her coverage of the local opioid epidemic. Before joining the Mercury in 2020, she covered state and county politics for the Bethesda Beat in Montgomery County, Md.