Deputy County Administrator Jim Taylor reported to the Board of Supervisors on February 24 that over 19,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination have been administered to county residents so far and that over 5,600 people are fully vaccinated.
The vaccine is being administered through the Chickahominy Health District of the Virginia Department of Health at clinics held in the former Food Lion building in the Ashland Junction Shopping Center and at Randolph-Macon College. The County is also participating in regional vaccination clinics at Richmond Raceway in Henrico County.
Vaccinations are being administered by appointment only according to the state’s priority groups. Currently, the County’s vaccination team and Chickahominy Health District staff are working through the Tier 1b group, with priority being given to older residents.
Through February 24, 29 clinics have been held. The Chickahominy Health District has received 12,700 does and has administered around 10,300 doses. Some of these are second doses which have been received but not yet administered.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sean Davis reminded all that the County’s distribution efforts are limited only by the amount of vaccine it has.
“We are using every bit of vaccine that we have,” Davis said. The County cannot control the amount of vaccine it is given by the Health Department, which distributes the doses based on an equitable basis throughout the State.
The County’s vaccination center at 140 Junction Drive in Ashland (the former Food Lion building) has been scaled so that it can handle more vaccinations as more doses are made available.
“The more vaccine we get, the more vaccine we can administer,” Davis said.
At the current dosage availability pace, it might be the middle of the summer before all who want the vaccine in Hanover can receive the vaccine, Taylor estimated.