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January 25, 2021

Community vaccine clinic administers 400 shots

Getting The Vaccine
Under “Phase 1b,” all Virginians 65 and older may register — along with those 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions.

Visit the Department of Health website or call 540-308-6072.

On the website, complete the appropriate survey to sign up for the vaccine.

> Most people will use this survey.

The health department also has a hotline: 540-316-6302.

The number of people who want the vaccine far outnumbers the supply. It will require patience.

Fauquier Health vaccination information.
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Fauquier Hospital’s Bistro on the Hill has a reputation for good, moderately-priced food, but Monday it also served up 405 doses of hope.

Local government and the hospital partnered for the county’s most aggressive COVID-19 vaccination effort so far.

By noon, Fauquier career medics and Lord Fairfax Community College nursing students had administered 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine — half the clinic’s supply for the day.

The clinic vaccinated only those who had appointments after registering on the Virginia Department of Health website.

“I was enthused when I got the email,” Diana Fauntleroy, 46, of Warrenton, said minutes after receiving her injection from LFCC second-year nursing student Amy Tass.

Ms. Fauntleroy on Friday got notification of her appointment for 11:50 a.m. Monday. She qualified for vaccination in Phase 1b because of a medical condition. Everyone 65 and older also qualifies in this phase of the Virginia vaccination effort, which has started slowly.

As of 4 a.m. Monday, vaccine doses administered in Fauquier total 3,759, with 337 people completing the required second shot.

To reach “herd immunity,” Fauquier must have about 50,000 people vaccinated with both shots, according to health experts.

Ms. Fauntleroy plans to spread the word.

Family members “are excited for me” to get vaccinated, she said. “They’re waiting for me to come back and tell them about it. It was very easy . . . .

“I feel very fortunate.”

But, with the supply of vaccine very limited, it could take a month or two for greater availability here, according the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District medical director.

Fauquier Hospital will get no additional doses of vaccine this week, CEO Chad Melton said as he watched patients move through the process Monday morning.

The clinics Monday, Thursday and Friday will administer 1,000 doses the hospital received last week.

But, the first clinic demonstrated community collaboration can administer the shots efficiently and quickly. The county emergency services department provided medics, working overtime, to give the shots, alongside the nursing students, who get course credit for the practical work. County and Town of Warrenton employees also helped register and direct patients.

Fauquier Hospital provides the venue and staff to manage the clinic at no charge.

Mr. Melton said the clinic could administer hundreds of doses every day, if the vaccine were available.

Beth and John Chadsey registered by phone last Thursday, after he learned of that option during the Warrenton Rotary Club’s weekly meeting on Zoom.

The Chadseys said the vaccine represents a step toward normalcy after 10 months of very limited social contacts.

“It’s crazy not being able to do things,” said Mr. Chadsey, 72, a retired United Methodist Church minister. “We haven’t been to a restaurant in a year. I feel badly for the businesses and their staffs . . . . ”

Of her shot, Mrs. Chadsey, 73, said: “I didn’t even feel it.”

After the vaccine, patients must stay at the clinic 15 minutes to ensure they have no allergic reaction. Each gets a card listing the vaccine, its date and the date for a second shot.

“We’re excited that people are stepping up,” said Amy Kaminiski, a registered nurse and the hospital’s employee health coordinator, who oversaw Monday’s clinic. “Things are going extremely well.”

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.
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Silii · January 27, 2021 at 8:09 am
FYI: If you submit the health district form on line, their response, if you even get one acknowledging receipt of your form, will probably be in your spam under Google forms. Then, for people not on line, their web site posts the number to call.
concerned parent · January 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm
We keep hearing that we should be patient yet it appears only half the vaccines available have been given and the attempt to get an appointment is a run around and impossible to navigate. If we had all extra doses available why weren't they provided to the local pharmacies who have said they are authorized to provide them but don't have the vaccine or the urgent care centers in our community
RGLJA · January 26, 2021 at 10:29 am
Wonderful... At a 1000 shots a week, two shots per vaccination, it will only take another two and half years to vaccinate the population of Fauquier County.
Chris Butler · January 26, 2021 at 10:09 am
I have received many positive comments regarding the process yesterday. Thank you to everyone that has come together to make the vaccine more available.
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