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Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: August 16, 2021

August 16, 2021
Published in: COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine

In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19.

Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health:

  • Doses given at weekend events: 3
  • Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 82,305
  • Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 42,877

Current Situation: Information about Boosters for Immunocompromised Persons

Last week, the FDA recommended, and then the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC approved the recommendation, that third dose booster shots be provided for immunocompromised persons.

Augusta Health plans to begin offering third dose boosters for moderately and severely immunocompromised people by the end of this week. At this time, the CDC does not recommend third doses or booster shots for any other population. Only Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines are recommended for the booster. For those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a booster from a different manufacturer is not recommended.

Currently, Augusta Health is working with the CSHD to adapt clinic processes and vaccine clinic software to accommodate the third dose booster shots. This process will take a few days to complete; registration and clinics should begin by the end of this week. Information on how to register and receive third dose booster shots will be distributed as soon as plans are completed.

We appreciate patience and understanding as systems are implemented to accommodate the new CDC recommendations and requirements.

Vaccinations in Primary Care Offices

Vaccinations for COVID-19 continue in all Augusta Medical Group primary care offices. Patients who prefer to receive a vaccination from their personal physician should contact their doctor’s office to be scheduled into the next available vaccination appointment block.

Community-Based Clinics

Augusta Health also provides off-campus, community-based clinics in partnership with local organizations, churches and schools. The number of these clinics has increased significantly.

  • Tuesday, August 24—Blue Ridge Community College

10 am – 2 pm at the Houff Student Center

First or Second Dose Clinic only

This is a dual Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson clinic as vaccine is available. Anyone age 12 and older may receive Pfizer vaccine; Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine available to those age 18 and older. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com

Community organizations that would like to partner with Augusta Health for a Vaccination Clinic can contact VaccinationTaskForce [at] augustahealth.com for more information on the requirements.

Large on-campus Vaccination Clinics

Appointments are preferred for clinics. Walk-ins are welcome. These clinics are for first and second doses only.

Go to vaccinate.augustahealth.com to view the links and schedule an appointment. Information about new clinics, the links and the criteria for each link, are posted as available. On-campus clinics for the remainder of this week are:

  • Tuesday, August 17: After school/after work clinic hours for those are unable to come during the day. The clinic will run from 3:30 pm until 7 pm. Walk-ins welcome until 6 pm.

This is a dual Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson clinic as vaccine is available. Anyone age 12 and older may receive Pfizer vaccine; Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine available to those age 18 and older. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com

  • Thursday, August 19: After school/after work clinic hours for those are unable to come during the day. The clinic will run from 3:30 pm until 7 pm. Walk-ins welcome until 6 pm.

This is a dual Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson clinic as vaccine is available. Anyone age 12 and older may receive Pfizer vaccine; Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine available to those age 18 and older. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com

Vaccination Call Center

Not everyone has access to the internet. Those who need assistance to schedule should call Augusta Health’s Vaccination Call Center at (540) 332-5122. The Call Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm to answer questions and help to schedule vaccination appointments.

Homebound patients are being vaccinated through a pilot program with Central Shenandoah EMS. Contact the Vaccination Call Center for more information.

We appreciate our continued partnership with CSHD as we work together to provide vaccines to all in the community who need them.