In partnership with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health continues community vaccinations for COVID-19.
Current Vaccination Dose Count at Augusta Health:
- Total doses given at Augusta Health Vaccination Clinics: 96,691
- Community member fully-vaccinated at AH Vaccination Clinics: 45,057
- Boosters for the immunocompromised 10,753
Our community numbers and statistics continue their positive trends.
The statistical COVID data shows a decline in prevalence across our region; our Augusta Health testing positivity is now at 13%. Our current inpatient COVID-19 census is 23, with two deaths over the past week. The percentage of our COVID-19 patients who are critical care/ICU level patients remains at about 20% of hospitalized COVID patients. As mentioned last week, we have returned to operating only one ICU.
Augusta Health team members are returning to their home departments and elective services are reopening with a phased approach.
Augusta Health believes that increasing vaccination rates is the best and fastest way out of this pandemic. Thanks to those who have already vaccinated. COVID vaccinations are the still the most effective and lasting way to prevent COVID infections in our community, and the best defense against serious illness and death.
Please vaccinate, wear masks indoors even if vaccinated, wash hands frequently and stay socially distant from others when possible. As the winter holidays approach, and celebrations move indoors, these strategies will become even more important to prevent another surge in COVID cases.
Augusta Health is vaccinating everyone age 12 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 12 and older; a parent or legal guardian must be present to consent to vaccination of those under the age of 18.
Children Age 5-11 update:
The FDA has recommended approval of smaller-dose Pfizer vaccine for children age 5 to 11, and it is likely that the CDC will approve the recommendation this week. Augusta Health anticipates opening Pfizer Vaccination Clinics for younger children at the end of this week. To ensure patient safety and in awareness of the different dosage for this age group, these will be 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.
After the vaccinations are approved by the CDC, appointments will be available at vaccinate.augustahealth.com
Booster Eligibility Information:
There are now two groups of previously vaccinated people who can receive third-dose COVID-19 booster shots.
The first group, approved several weeks ago is:
- Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (no proof of a medical condition is required at this time); and who
- Have already received two doses of either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine; and who
- Received their second dose of vaccine more than 28 days ago.
The criteria for the second, now extended group, is a bit more complex and are:
For those who received a Pfizer or Moderna series and are:
- Age 65 and over
- Age 18+ and live in a long-term care facility
- Age 18+ and are immune suppressed
- Age 18+ with underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in a high-risk setting