First COVID-19 shots given at new clinic site in Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — In, out and halfway vaccinated in about 30 minutes: The newest community vaccination center located in Suffolk gave out the first COVID-19 shots on Tuesday.

This is the first fixed location for a vaccination clinic in the Western Tidewater Health District. The clinic, located the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Suffolk, is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Organizers say the clinic will give out 250 shots a day of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Appointments are open to residents of the Western Tidewater Health District, which includes Southampton County, Isle of Wight County, Franklin and Suffolk.

10 On Your Side spoke with Laytona Williams right after she got her shot Tuesday morning. She said it couldn’t have been easier.

“It went, fine, it went well. Very easy,” said Williams.

The clinic was set up by the Commonwealth of Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Western Tidewater Health District. The goal of these community vaccination centers is to target the most vulnerable areas in Virginia, including harder to reach rural communities like Western Tidewater Health District.

People we spoke with Tuesday said the downtown location at the Hilton Garden Inn works great.

“I like this location,” said Suffolk resident Kristen Cote. “Originally, they wanted me to go all the way up to Harborview and so for me living in downtown Suffolk, this was very convenient. It’s very organized, plenty of parking and not too bad of a congested area.”

The clinic runs by appointment only. If you’re interested make sure to preregister on the VDH website.

This location will be in operation for 45 days in this spot, although officials say they do have the capacity to expand that timeline if necessary.

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