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: 84,471
- Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 43,409
In the 24 hours preceding 9 am on Wednesday, September 1, there were 68 new positive COVID-19 cases diagnosed through Augusta Health testing sites. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 49.
Since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago, Augusta Health has been using accurate predictive models to project our patient volumes and then to create a detailed Surge Plan to address the increase in both positive cases and admission of COVID-19 patients to the hospital.
As the number of cases begins to equal the volumes of last winter’s peak—we know from our models that the increase will continue for several more weeks and that volumes will continue to increase. Through our Surge Plan, we are ready to address these surges and provide the care needed to all patients—both COVID-19 patients and others—who need it.
Every day, we evaluate the projections and update our planned response accordingly. This is a dynamic situation that requires agility. We monitor the situation throughout the day and execute the steps needed to take care of current patients and any additional surge expected. It is important that each patient is cared for in the appropriate setting. Very sick, high acuity patients like COVID-19 patients require more resources—both technical and staff—to provide the care they need.
Any temporary closing of facilities or departments and reassigning of staff is a planned response based on our projections. As the number of positive cases and inpatient admissions increases over the next several weeks—as we project will happen—our planned response will include additional reassignments of space and staff to address these acute needs.
Help slow the spread and lower the projections: 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.
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.
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 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:
- 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.