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Valley Health’s Four Community Clinics Expand Eligibility to All Individuals in Phase 1b
The Lord Fairfax Health District has received 9,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which will be administered at Valley Health’s four community vaccine clinics starting Friday, March 5.
The clinics are located in Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray, Va. To register, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.
Registration has also expanded to include all people who fall into Virginia’s Phase 1b:
• Frontline essential workers,
• Individuals aged 65 and older,
• Those aged 16 through 64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19,
• Those living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps.
Frontline Essential Workers include:
· Police, Fire, and Hazmat
· Corrections and homeless shelter workers
· Childcare/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff
· Food and Agriculture (including veterinarians)
· Grocery store workers
· Public transit workers
· Mail carriers (USPS and private)
· Officials needed to maintain continuity of government (including judges and public facing judicial workers)
· Clergy/Faith Leaders
· Janitorial/Cleaning staff
Until the process is finalized to access the Virginia Department of Health‘s pre-registration list, Valley Health will continue to post links to appointments at 12 noon on weekdays for those who qualify under 1b.
About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
This is a single dose vaccine, no second appointment is necessary.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, similar to the flu vaccine. This type of vaccine uses a weakened live pathogen as the delivery method, causing the body to trigger an immune response. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA to teach our cells to make a protein that triggers a response.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires storage in a refrigerator, rather than an ultra-cold freezer. This is a promising development because more of the vaccine can be distributed more easily. The Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are all very effective in preventing serious illness from COVID-19. The vaccines have caused only moderate side effects.
Health experts, including The Virginia Department of Health and Valley Health, encourage individuals to take the first vaccine available to them as soon as possible.
For answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinationsFAQ