Valley Health has announced a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site for first and second doses starting May 12 at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.
The site will be open three days a week, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
If mall hours change because of the pandemic, so will the clinic times, the notice says.
The clinic will be held in a store between Victoria’s Secret and LensCrafters, the statement says. The most convenient entrance is near H&R Block.
Individuals who received their first dose of the vaccine at Shenandoah University on April 26 or 29 will receive an emailed link to register for a scheduled appointment time for their second dose shot at the Apple Blossom Mall location.
The announcement came Monday as the Lord Fairfax Health District reported its lowest daily increase of COVID-19 cases in nearly seven months.
The district added 13 new cases, four in Page County, three each in Frederick and Shenandoah, two in Warren and one in Winchester.
Clarke County reported no change.
Elsewhere in the region, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County each added four cases, while Rockingham also reported one new hospitalization.
Statewide, the Virginia Department of Health recorded 611 new cases.
On March 8, the Lord Fairfax district reported a recent low of 19 new cases, but its lowest before that was eight new cases reported on Oct. 7.
The district, which was reportedly in surge because of its virus data as of April 23, is now in decline, according to the University of Virginia’s COVID-19 Model.
Though the district’s new daily case count is encouragingly low, it also reported one new death in Winchester.
The UVA model also shows areas of surging virus data making its way around the commonwealth.
Its weekly Friday update, posted on the Virginia Department of Health’s website, shows that the Allegheny and Rappahannock districts are now reporting surges.
These follow the surge reported exclusively in the Lord Fairfax district a week ago and three surges of the previous week in the neighboring Rappahannock-Rapidan district as well as the Alexandria and Mount Rogers districts.
The Central Shenandoah and Piedmont districts are now showing slow growth, the report says.
Lord Fairfax is one of 22 districts that have “declining trajectories,” the report says. Of Virginia’s 35 districts, nine have plateaued.
Though good news for the local district, the UVA model, as always, urges residents to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing when in public and also get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Two of the model’s three projections for the next several months show that Virginia has already passed its peak in COVID-19 cases, but a third projection, which accounts for the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, says a peak could still be coming toward the end of July if residents relax their cautious behavior during the pandemic.
To answer questions about the vaccine, a panel of experts, including Dr. David Switzer, medical director of Population Health for Valley Health, will meet at 7 p.m. today in a town hall setting broadcast on various state and local TV stations and streamed online.
Also on the panel will be State Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula, State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver and experts from UVA Health, Inova Health and the Mount Rogers Health District.
For information on the broadcast, go to vdh.virginia.gov/blog/2021/04/30/vaccinate-virginia-town-hall-may-4-at-7-p-m.
Statewide, the VDH reports that 3,849,303 people, or 45.1% of the population, have received at least one vaccine dose and that 2,727,811 people, or 32%, have been fully vaccinated.
The local health district reports that 87,128 people, or 36.3%, have received at least one vaccine dose and that 61,557 people, or 25.7%, are fully vaccinated.
Winchester reports that 7,371 people are fully vaccinated, an increase of 26.
Frederick reports that 21,926 people are fully vaccinated, up 52.
Clarke reports 4,554 are fully vaccinated, up 11.
Shenandoah reports 12,516 are fully vaccinated, up 20.
Page reports 6,110 are fully vaccinated, up five.
Warren reports 9,080 are fully vaccinated, up 21.