WASHINGTON — Instead of demand, now it’s snow that’s making it tricky to get a COVID test or a booster shot across the D.C. area. After the storm dropped the most significant snowfall in three years, some vaccination centers will remain closed Tuesday
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) will remain closed on Tuesday because of weather conditions.
“Individuals with appointments will be notified of the cancellation and can visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov to reschedule,” the department said.
VDH closed centers in Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Prince William, Richmond and Roanoke out of an abundance of caution for patients and staff.
The department advised individuals to reschedule missed vaccine appointments as soon as possible and reminded that the second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be safely extended up to 42 days after the first dose is given.
“Those who miss the opportunity to get a second dose within 42 days should still proceed with a second dose and will be considered fully vaccinated, though per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is limited information on the effectiveness of receiving a second dose beyond 42 days.”
To find a vaccine or an appointment at a CVC or another location near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. At CVCs appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure you get the vaccine you want and to avoid extended wait times, but when open, walk-ins are welcome.
D.C. Health reported all COVID-19 testing sites are scheduled to reopen unless severe weather conditions persist.
Testing Sites for Tuesday, January 4, 2022
- Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie Street SE, from 10am to 6 pm
- Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Avenue, SE, from 11am to 5pm
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G Street, NW, from 1am to 5pm
- Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, from 11am to 5pm
- Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamlin Street, NE, from 11am to 5pm
- Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
- Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark Street, NW, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
- I Dream Public Charter School, 2220 Branch Avenue, SE, from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm
The Maryland Department of Health said in a tweet that because of icy conditions, COVID testing sites in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Medical Center, City of Praise Family Ministries in Prince George's County, and UM Upper Chesapeake Health in Hartford will operate from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
Montgomery County-operated COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics will open at their scheduled times on Jan. 4.
"If you missed a scheduled testing or vaccination appointment due to weather or road conditions yesterday, you may get tested or vaccinated at any County-sponsored sites to complete your appointment today. You must have an appointment confirmation for Jan. 3 to be served as there are no walk-ups available. Please plan for a wait because today’s appointments are fully booked. There is limited space for waiting indoors so anyone with an appointment should plan and dress accordingly," officials said in a release.
This list will continue to be updated as more information is confirmed by our newsroom.