In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19.
It’s been a week of firsts at the Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics:
- The first Drive-Thru Clinic for those with mobility challenges was held on Thursday, March 4 at the Waynesboro Urgent Care/Assessment Center. The pilot process was successful, and nearly 200 people received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine.
- The first doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine was given at the on-campus Vaccination Clinic on Friday, March 5. All three available vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson—have the same effectiveness for preventing critical illness, hospitalization and death among those who get sick from COVID-19. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson requires only one shot, so is a very good option for those with scheduling or mobility concerns, and those who simply don’t like needles.
- The first Saturday clinic was conducted on Saturday, March 6. It was a second Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Clinic and 1,406 community members were vaccinated.
As of the end of the day on March 6, 31,031 vaccinations have been given at Augusta Health clinics since the start of vaccinations in December. Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one dose, the number of fully vaccinated community members who received their shots through Augusta Health is 13,421.
This week, Augusta Health’s clinics are open to Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro residents over age 65 and those age 55-64 with underlying health conditions. The new scheduling process allows residents to schedule appointments directly from the Augusta Health website, https://www.augustahealth.com/vaccine. Information about new clinics, along with their criteria, are posted daily.
The Virginia Department of Health list of underlying health conditions that increase risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus includes:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
To register for your COVID-19 Vaccination at Augusta Health:
We want community members to feel confident and safe when scheduling their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. We have migrated to a more user-friendly experience. On our Vaccine site, we will list the dates, times, locations, and eligibility requirements for the upcoming vaccine clinics at Augusta Health. Links will be posted one to two days before each clinic. These links allow eligible community members to schedule themselves for an appointment. Links will be active for a brief period of time, until the clinic fills up, and the link will be disabled.
The address for the Vaccination webpage is https://www.augustahealth.com/vaccine.
Please be aware when you are registering for a vaccine:
If you have already received your first dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine, DO NOT register for your second dose using the links below.
If you register for a vaccine clinic and do NOT meet the eligibility criteria above, your appointment will be cancelled, and you will be asked to return for a clinic that matches your eligibility.
Please bring your Photo ID with you.
Appointments are required for vaccination, and walk-in clinics are not currently scheduled.
We appreciate our continued partnership with CSHD as we work together as quickly as possible to provide vaccines to all in the community who need them.