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Another shot at getting a Pfizer vaccine coming Saturday in Danville
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Another shot at getting a Pfizer vaccine coming Saturday in Danville

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A COVID-19 vaccine is displayed Jan. 23 at a vaccination clinic at Averett University. 

The Virginia Department of Health will host another COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday offering the Pfizer shot that’s available to anyone 12 and older.

The clinic — running from 9 a.m. to noon at the former J.C. Penney store at Danville Mall — will provide first or second doses of the vaccine. To receive the second dose, individuals who were administered a first shot on or before May 22 will need to bring a vaccination card or record of the first dose.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations also may be made online at www.vavax.org/appointment/en/reg/6712607559.

Anyone younger than 18 must have parental consent and/or be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone acting in the place of a guardian, a health department news release stated.

Danville and Pittsylvania County have fallen behind the rest of the state in vacation rates as the rates of daily shots slow across the commonwealth and nation.

In Danville, 33% of residents are considered fully vaccinated. In Pittsylvania County, it’s 32%. Fully vaccinated means a person has received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or just one shot of the Johnson & Johnson version. Across the state, 46% of all residents are fully vaccinated.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for children as young as 12 and has been available since mid-May.

The health department could not provide a number of children who received the Pfizer shot in May during a clinic at Danville Mall.

However, an online database shows 628 Danville residents in the 10-19 age group have received at least one dose of a vaccine as of Wednesday. Pittsylvania County has 774 who have been administered at least one shot in that same age range. Based on population, that means roughly 12% of the age group in Danville and Pittsylvania County have received at least one dose, health department data show.

“It’s never been easier to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” Scott Spillmann, the director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District, said in the release. “We encourage everyone ages 12 and up to come out this Saturday morning to be vaccinated to help protect yourself and your family.”

Spillmann asks those who come for a vaccine to wear a mask to the clinic. He also suggests to wear what he calls “vaccine ready” clothing, referring to shirts that provide easy access to the upper arm.

To find other places to get a free COVID-19 shot, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov, vaccinefinder.org or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

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