Local clinics see rise in vaccine demand as COVID-19 cases surge

COVID-19 Vaccine

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — COVID-19 cases are surging and so is demand for the vaccines at local clinics.

At the Virginia Department of Health clinic in Newport News on Warwick Blvd, boosters are the top shot people come to get.

According to health officials, this clinic is contracted to give out 250 shots a day. On Monday, this location gave out 388 shots. Of those, 32 were first doses, 148 were boosters.

Nearly everyone we spoke going in and out of the clinic was there for their third shot.

“A couple friends I know had recently gotten COVID and they also they were vaccinated. So, it was just scary to me,” said Austin Morgan who got his booster shot Tuesday. “I didn’t think I was going to get the booster, but now that it’s a reality that people who have the vaccine can still get it, I might as well get the booster.”

Since this clinic opened on Oct. 21, 2021, boosters have been the main priority of visitors.

In total, this location has given out 11,833 shots; 8,513 of those were boosters.

A reminder, this clinic will be closed for the New Year’s holiday from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 for the New Year holiday.

The clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It will be open this week Monday through Thursday. The clinic will return to its regular schedule on Jan. 3. The clinic accepts walk-ins, but appointments can also be made by phone at 877-829-4682.

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