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Posted on: April 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Last-minute vaccine appointments available for Friday; also scheduling for future clinics

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April 8, 2021 - Three upcoming Covid-19 vaccination clinics at the Hampton Roads Convention Center have open slots and are allowing anyone 18 and older to schedule an appointment. The first is tomorrow, Friday, April 9. Residents are urged to get vaccinated as more transmissible and more serious strains of the virus are causing Covid-19 surges in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as in many other countries.

The clinics are part of Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula, a regional effort among hospital systems, the Virginia Health Department and six localities, to share information and resources to ensure access to vaccines for people in the region.

According to a Washington Post story today: "The highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom now accounts for 27 percent of all cases in this country. It is the most common variant in the United States, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday — a development that officials predicted months ago. Two other variants, which took root in South Africa and Brazil and also are more transmissible, are cropping up with increasing frequency in parts of the United States.

"The bottom line on all three remains positive. In laboratory tests, vaccines are just as effective against the variant identified in the United Kingdom as they are against the original strain of the virus."

If you are unable to schedule a time for these clinics, watch hampton.gov/covid for future opportunities.

Schedule your vaccine on Friday, April 9
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