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BRHD closing one COVID-19 vaccine site, opening another in Fashion Square Mall

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY VA. (WVIR). The Blue Ridge Health District has decided to close the Albemarle County JCPenney store where it provides coronavirus vaccines. However, the new location will be right around.

BRHD will move its vaccination clinic to the J.Crew store in Fashion Square on June 28,

According to the health department, more than 70% of residents have received their first dose.

“What we’ve been finding over the last several weeks is diminishing demand for first-dose appointments, and so that to us signaled this idea that we need change from larger, mass-vaccinations sites to either smaller locations,”Ryan McKay, BRHD Incident Commandant, stated.

The new location will open from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Since December, the district has received more than 274,000 doses. Health professionals are currently completing the final push. They are driving the new BRHD mobile hospital bus around town to help them get the job done.

“We’re excited to be places that we haven’t been before like farmers markets and county fairs and other places, and really to have a presence in neighborhoods across our district with this unit,”Rebecca Schmidt, Director of Strategic Initiatives at BRHD, said.

BRHD has vaccinated almost 200 people in their homes since March 2021, thanks to the Charlottesville Fire Department’s assistance and UVA Health.

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