~ Press release issued by the Lord Fairfax Health District at 4:56 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16
WINCHESTER, Feb. 16 — The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) is postponing its second-shot COVID vaccination clinic, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 at Page County High School (PCHS), to Wednesday, March 3 at the same location.
“The threat of eight inches of snow on Thursday followed by sleet or freezing rain Thursday night suggests that running the clinic on Friday would be neither safe nor feasible,” said Lord Fairfax Health District Director Colin Greene. “The CDC has made it clear that it is medically acceptable to give the second COVID shot up to 42 days after the first. The new date is still within that window, so the delay should not damage the effectiveness of the vaccine.”
Patients who already have appointments scheduled for the February 19 clinic will be automatically placed into appointments at the same times on March 3. Any patient who can’t keep his or her appointment time on the new day should call 540-722-3470 to reschedule for a different time.
The second-shot clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24 will not be affected by this change.
These clinics will be open only for second shots for those first vaccinated at PCHS on Jan. 22. The Health Department staff asks that everyone bring their vaccine card from their first shot to allow proper documentation, and to arrive up to 15 minutes before their appointment times, but no earlier. Early arrivals may be asked to return at their appointment times. Every eligible person with an appointment will receive a vaccine.
To protect yourself and healthcare workers, please wear a cloth face covering or mask. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people at all times. Everyone is encouraged to continue safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19: cloth face-coverings or masks, distancing, washing hands well and often, and avoiding gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine.
The Lord Fairfax Health District serves residents in the city of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties. For more information, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lord-fairfax/.