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Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: August 30, 2021

August 30, 2021
Published in: COVID-19

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

Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health:

  • Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 82,951
  • Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 43,060

Current Situation

The prevalence of COVID-19 in the Shenandoah Health District continues to rise precipitously and has reached unprecedented levels.

In the 24 hours preceding 9:00 am on Friday, August 27, there were 95 new positive COVID-19 cases diagnosed through Augusta Health testing sites—a new highest single daily total ever at Augusta Health. The previous highest single testing day at Augusta Health was New Year’s Eve when the total was 82.

Until Sunday—in the 24 hours preceding 9:00 am on Sunday, August 29, there were 118 new positive COVID-19 cases diagnosed through Augusta Health testing sites.

Augusta Health’s inpatient COVID-19 census is 43. The strong majority of our COVID-19 inpatients are unvaccinated persons. Our Emergency Department is also experiencing high volumes of emergent patients, COVID-19 patients and behavioral health patients. The Behavioral Health census is high, and the Crossroads unit remains at its maximum capacity.

The Weyers Cave Urgent Care and Stuarts Draft Urgent Care have been temporarily closed so that staff can be redeployed to the Staunton Urgent Care and Waynesboro Urgent care to assist with COVID-19 testing.

Elective surgeries that require an inpatient admission are being reviewed, and some are postponed. The Shenandoah House and Skilled Nursing units are also temporarily closed so those staff can be redeployed to assist in other units.

Our staff have responded with a high level of commitment to their patients and the community, and are supporting each other with remarkable teamwork.

Please vaccinate, wear masks indoors even if vaccinated, and stay distant from others when possible. COVID vaccinations are the still the most effective and lasting way to prevent COVID infections in our community, and the best defense against serious illness and death.

Vaccination Eligibility

Augusta Health is vaccinating everyone age 12 and older who lives, works or goes to school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals age 18 and over. Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals age 12 and older; a parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18.

At this time, third-dose COVID-19 booster shots are available only to:

  • Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (no proof of a medical condition is required at this time); and who
  • Have already received two doses of either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine; and who
  • Received their second dose of vaccine more than 28 days ago.

Booster shots for other individuals have been discussed for administration on or about September 20; however, this dosage has not yet been recommended by the FDA or approved the CDC. Until those recommendations and approvals are given, appointments cannot be scheduled.

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.

This week, these community clinics are scheduled. Walk-ins/Drive-ins are welcome at community clinics:

  • On Monday, August 30
    • At Bessie Weller School in Staunton from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Pfizer.
    • At Mint Spring Ruritan Center from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • On Wednesday, September 1
    • At Booker T. Washington Community Center in Staunton from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are available.
  • On Friday, September 3
    • At Taqueria La Saborista in Waynesboro from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Pfizer

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.

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:

  • Monday August 30: PFIZER/MODERNA THIRD-DOSE BOOSTER CLINIC. For moderately and severely immunocompromised ONLY. The clinic will run from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

It must be at least 28 days since the second dose of vaccine. Please bring Vaccination Record Card or record of previous vaccination. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com.

  • Tuesday, August 31: 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. Anyone age 12 and older may receive Pfizer vaccine; Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine available to those age 18 and older and administered if available. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com

  • Thursday, September 2: 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. Anyone age 12 and older may receive Pfizer vaccine; Johnson & Johnson is a one-dose vaccine available to those age 18 and older and administered if available. The link is open on vaccinate.augustahealth.com

  • Friday, September 3: PFIZER/MODERNA THIRD-DOSE BOOSTER CLINIC. For moderately and severely immunocompromised ONLY. The clinic will run from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

It must be at least 28 days since the second dose of vaccine. Please bring Vaccination Record Card or record of previous vaccination. 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.