Augusta Health updates COVID numbers, continues to urge vaccinations, boosters
The current inpatient COVID-19 census at Augusta Health is 13, still well down from the high-water marks of the low to mid 60s back in the early fall, with 14 new positives diagnosed at testing sites on Sunday and early Monday.
Over the weekend, there were 69 new positive cases diagnosed at Augusta Health testing sites—32 on Saturday’s report and 37 on Sunday’s report.
Augusta Health is vaccinating everyone age 5 and older who lives, works or goes to school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals age 18 and over. Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals age 5 and older; a parent or legal guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18. Booster criteria vary by vaccine, so please be aware of the criteria for the vaccine selected.
Children age 5-11 years old: To ensure patient safety and in awareness of the different dosage for the 5-11 year old age group, there are separate clinics for ages 5-11 only at the on-campus location. Again, a parent or legal guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18.
Please make appointments at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
Booster Eligibility Information
Anyone over the age of 18 can receive third-dose COVID-19 booster shots.
When can you get the booster?
- At least 6 months after you completed your Pfizer or Moderna series. If you’re immune suppressed and have completed either the Pfizer or Moderna series, you can get a 3rd dose in 28 days
- At least 2 months after Johnson & Johnson vaccination
Which booster can you get?
- You can get any booster shot you prefer.
Make an appointment at vaccinate.augustahealth.com.
For patient safety concerns, vaccines will be offered on specific days. Please be sure make an appointment for a clinic that is offering the vaccine you want. If you are registering for a booster, and are switching vaccine, make an appointment for the type of booster you want. For example, if you originally received a Pfizer vaccine, but would like a Moderna booster, make an appointment in a Moderna clinic.
If you have questions about eligibility, please call Augusta Health’s Vaccination Call Center at (540) 332-5122.
Please bring your COVID Vaccination Record Card to the booster appointment.
Vaccinations in Primary Care Offices
Vaccinations for COVID-19 continue in all Augusta Medical Group primary care offices. Patients who prefer to receive a vaccination from their personal physician should contact their doctor’s office to be scheduled into the next available vaccination appointment block.
This week, Augusta Health’s Community Vaccination Team is providing boosters and vaccinations at the Disciple’s Kitchen at the Second Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro on Monday and at the Latinx Community Outreach on the Waynesboro Mennonite Church on Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm. Food pantry bags will also be available at the Saturday clinic.
To date, more than 10,000 vaccines have been administered at clinics within vulnerable communities by the Augusta Health Task Force.
Community organizations that would like to partner with Augusta Health for a Vaccination Clinic can contact VaccinationTaskForce@augustahealth.com for more information on the requirements.
Large on-campus Vaccination Clinics
Please make an appointment for on-campus clinics.
Go to vaccinate.augustahealth.com to view the links and schedule an appointment. Information about new clinics, the links and the criteria for each link, are posted as available. On-campus clinics this week are:
- Tuesday: Pfizer Clinic for ages 5-11 only from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This clinic is for those ages 5-11 only. A parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of the child under the age of 18. The link is open at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
- Wednesday: Moderna Clinic and Johnson & Johnson Clinics from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For first dose, second dose or booster of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines; available to those age 18 and older. Please verify criteria for boosters and register for the desired vaccine. The links are open at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
- Thursday: Pfizer Clinic for ages 5-11 only from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This clinic is for those ages 5-11 only. A parent or guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of the child under the age of 18. The link is open at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
Vaccination Call Center
Not everyone has access to the internet. Others just have questions. For assistance, call Augusta Health’s Vaccination Call Center at (540) 332-5122. The Call Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions and help to schedule vaccination appointments.
Homebound patients are being vaccinated through a pilot program with Central Shenandoah EMS. Contact the Vaccination Call Center for more information.