Walk-up COVID-19 vaccination site to open Wednesdays at George Wythe High School


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at George Wythe High School every Wednesday for the foreseeable future — and no appointment is required.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, anyone still unvaccinated can walk-up and get the so-called “one and done” shot. Just an ID is required, according to Richmond and Henrico’s Health District’s Cat Long. She said you do not have to live in Richmond or Henrico to be eligible. Anyone is welcome.

They’re calling it “Walk-up Wednesdays at Wythe”.

“We think that this will really help out the people who either lack access or who haven’t had the opportunity to schedule an appointment. It could not be easier,” Long said.

The weekly event begins this Wednesday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Freshly vaccinated Andrew Ferguson hopes clinics like these will help get the community to herd immunity. “I’m glad that they’re opening it up so anyone can go and you don’t really have to navigate the website to get an appointment,” he told 8News after getting his second COVID shot at the high school on Tuesday. Vaccines have already been given out by appointment at George Wythe in recent weeks.

Sheila Wall was happy to finally get her shot there as well Tuesday. “I’m so glad. I’m glad,” she said. Wall encouraged others to make a trip to the high school.

“Everybody just needs to get out and take care of themselves. The best way to do it is to take preventative measures, to make sure that you are well and that your family is well,” she said.

Ferguson had a similar message. “I mean life needs to go on and if this is the way we need to do it, then that’s our part to do it,” he told 8News.

This is just one of several community hubs throughout the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts. People who prefer to make appointments can still do so at George Wythe High School or any of the district’s other vaccination events.

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