New mass vaccine clinic will be coming to Richmond’s Southside

Thousands more doses on the way

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The health department announced plans to bring a new mass vaccination clinic to Richmond’s Southside.

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) provided a virtual update this morning announcing the plans. The details are still being worked out and could be running in a few weeks.

“We have identified that Southside location that we are planning to do that weekly large event. We certainly recognize. We looked at the map,” said Amy Popovich, RHHD Nurse Manager.

The addition would expand the area’s mass sites which include Richmond Raceway, Arthur Ashe Center and Chesterfield Fairgrounds.

Popovich also said they will receive 10,180 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week. That’s an increase from the weekly 6,300.

“From what we understand, that increase is going to be sustained for the next couple of weeks. So that’s good news,” said Popovich.

RHHD Doctor Melissa Viray said COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down in the region.

“This is no time to stop our vigilance. We have seen in the central region of Virginia we have seen our first case of B.1.1.7 variant,” said Dr. Viray.

That variant, first reported in the United Kingdom, was identified in a local patient who had not traveled during the pandemic. It’s believed to be much more contagious.

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