RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney gave a briefing on Wednesday afternoon to provide details about a new citywide vaccine initiative. The city will be working with the Richmond City Health District to increase vaccination rates.
Like many other localities, Richmond is moving away from large scale events and appointment only opportunities for vaccinations. Richmond residents can still attend walk-up events every week.
To help reach the federal goal of at least 70% of residents vaccinated, Stoney is working with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to introduce new ways to promote education, outreach and accessibility.
Amy Popovich with the Richmond City Health District says the city is getting ready for #hotvaccinatedsummer, their summer vaccination campaign. Starting Thursday, June 3, businesses, neighborhoods and other organizations will be able to start requesting small vaccination teams to come to them for events. Forms to request a vaccination team will be available on the health district website.
Whether its a typical work day, a neighborhood block party or other community event the Richmond City Health District will be offering availability on weekdays and weekends to reach people where they are.
“This switch to much smaller teams will allow us to vaccinate and educate in more areas across our city and really meet people where they are,” Popovich said, adding that the goal is to meet eight requests a week.
There are also continued efforts to bring small vaccine events in areas with low vax uptake and high vulnerability.
Mass vaccination events are not fully a thing of the past, a large-scale vaccination effort is coming to Southside Plaza. The event will be held June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all three vaccines will be available. Also included at the clinic will be a large job fair with many opportunities in the hospitality industry as well as with other industries.
“Come out, get protected, get hired and get back to life,” said Policy Advisor for Restaurants and Small Businesses, Jason Alley.
He said roughly 25 different hiring agencies will be there.
Watch the full presser here: