NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited a Walmart COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Norfolk on Wednesday.
The clinic is part of Walmart’s vaccine distribution effort throughout Virginia as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
“I think it’s a blessing. It means that he is concerned,” said Annie Harrell.
Harrell turns 82 this month. She was so excited that her number was finally called to get the shot.
“I took my shot. I could hardly wait to get my shot,” she said with excitement.
She and 599 others visited the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Wednesday for the vaccine clinic hosted by Walmart. Harrell was excited to see Northam during his stop.
Northam joined Walmart representatives and Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander and spoke about the latest vaccine efforts in the commonwealth.
“Our numbers of COVID cases are coming down our vaccinations are going up, so we feel like we are in a good situation here in Virginia to getting better every day. We are getting 69,000 doses this week and we will expect to get that each week,” he said.
Virginia is slated to receive 69,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week after its approval by the FDA. That’s on top of deliveries of 180,000 first doses of Pfizer and Moderna this week, along with the 52,000 from the Federal Pharmacy Program.
Northam’s visit to the clinic was not open to the public.
Walmart vaccine clinics aren’t open to the public, and are by appointment only. Walk-ins will be turned away, officials said. Walmart’s vaccination clinics will be moving around each week to help reach communities with lower vaccination rates.
Northam says with COVID-19 numbers going down and vaccinations going up. the state could reach another goal.
“We are confident that we can continue to get the doses that we need from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna that we will be able to vaccinate all Virginia by May of this year,” said Northam.
Eligible individuals for the Walmart clinic Wednesday were identified through Virginia’s pre-registration system and contacted to schedule appointments.