The Shenandoah Health District hosts a community information team to promote Covid-19 vaccines

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STAUNTON, Virginia (WHSV) – The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) of the Virginia Department of Health, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), announced that the health district and localities will host a Community Information Team from June 22, 2021.

The team’s mission is to support efforts to spread COVID-19 vaccines across the health district, according to a press release on Monday.

Public relations work includes door-to-door recruiting in neighborhoods and with local businesses in Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath and Highland Counties, as well as in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington and Buena Vista.

According to CSHD, the Community Information Team will provide health education, information about upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and registration options for specific clinics.

CSHD says it continues to work with local health partners to provide walk-in vaccination clinics across the district. Appointments are also possible. The Community Information Team, whose members wear branded vests, will help anyone wanting to schedule a vaccination appointment, officials add.

“CSHD is excited to work with VDEM and FEMA to improve access to information about the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities,” said Laura Kornegay, MD, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District. “Although we have come a long way in introducing our vaccines, we are in the final stage where every vaccination counts. The Community Information Team is one of many strategies we are implementing to meet our goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated against COVID-19. ”Currently, 56.7 percent of the adult population in the Central Shenandoah Health District have at least one dose of the Received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“FEMA Region 3 is excited to be part of Virginia’s tremendous effort to get its citizens vaccinated,” said Kevin Snyder, federal coordinator for FEMA Region 3. a variety of opportunities, including more than $ 250 million in vaccine project grants throughout the Commonwealth and helping run a community vaccination center in Norfolk. Supporting the CSHD’s advertising measures is a natural extension of this ongoing partnership with VDH and VDEM and we strive to support the CSHD. “

CSHD encourages all eligible individuals to receive their COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already done so. To find a vaccinate site near you, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or vaccinfinder.org. Find out more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions on the VDH and CDC websites.

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