Henrico County back-to-school clinic reaches capacity, closes registration early

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HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — A free back-to-school health clinic in Henrico County had to end registration nearly four hours earlier than expected Wednesday after reaching capacity.

The clinic, which offered free physicals and immunizations to underinsured and uninsured residents, was set to begin at 8 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. By 7:45 a.m., the line outside the building had grown to 70-80 people.

“It’s bigger than we usually see it and we are impressed by that,” Dr. Stephen Richard with the Henrico Health Department told 8News reporter Talya Cunningham at the time. “We did a little bit of advanced media and we are pleased with that. We are hoping we can help as many people as possible today.”

That forced officials to end registration early.

By shortly after 11 a.m. a spokesperson for the Henrico Health Department said the clinic had ‘reached capacity’ and was ‘no longer able to provide school vaccinations and physicals today.”

“It’s a first-come, first-serve basis, we will probably cut the physicals off at 60 to 70 clients,” Dr. Richard added.

Residents can call the Henrico East and West clinics for individual appointment availability and a list of other providers. 

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