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COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters 

You must have an appointment to be vaccinated. You do not have to be a Rural Health patient to get vaccinated at Rural Health. All eligible patients are being offered vaccinations or boosters as part of regular appointments. 

  • Moderna (marketed under the brand name Spikevax) and Pfizer, (marketed as Comirnaty) COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available. Moderna is approved for ages 18+ and Pfizer is approved for ages 5+.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be given to individuals ages 5-11 by appointment as listed below OR when they are in the office for medical appointments for other issues.
      • Atlantic – Mondays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Eastville – Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      • Onley –  Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • The 1st booster shot (3rd shot) is now available to ages 5+ (Pfizer) and ages 18+ (Moderna) who had their 2nd dose at least 5 months ago.  You do not have to have received your first two COVID shots at Rural Health to get your booster here. If you received your other shots somewhere else you need to provide proof of vaccination.
  • A 2nd COVID Moderna or Pfizer booster shot is now available to anyone ages 50+ who had their 1st booster (3rd shot) at least 4 months ago. People age 18+ who received their one shot of the COVID Johnson & Johnson vaccine, followed by a J&J booster dose at least 4 months ago, may now receive a 2nd booster dose (3rd shot) of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. You do not have to have received your earlier COVID shots at Rural Health to get your booster here. If you received your other shots somewhere else you need to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Moderate and severely immunocompromised people age 12+ get a 2nd booster if at least 4 months after 1st booster. You do not have to have received your first three COVID shots at Rural Health to get your booster here. If you received your other shots somewhere else you need to provide proof of vaccination.

*Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters are available at local pharmacies and at walk in clinics at the Eastern Shore Health District. Free shots are given on a rotating basis, one week at the health department’s Accomack location Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; the next week at the Northampton location Tuesday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. through May.  During the month of June, the health department can come to your home to provide vaccine or booster shots – call 757-710-0277 to schedule – Northampton County residents can schedule appointments for June 14 and 28; and Accomack County residents can schedule appointments for June 8 and 22. Check vdh.virginia.gov/eastern-shore or @EasternShoreHealthDistrict on Facebook for the most up-to-date health department information.

Check the esrh.org COVID tab and monitor local media for updates. Click on a center name for a phone number to make an appointment to get vaccinated – call Wednesday through Friday to avoid potentially long hold times on Mondays and Tuesdays: Atlantic – Chincoteague – Eastville – Onley.

COVID-19 Testing 

The rapid test is best if patients have had symptoms for up to 5-7 days.  If you don’t have symptoms, PCR testing is generally a better option. If you have COVID symptoms call your provider to schedule a telemedicine or in car visit. 

Standard (PCR) Testing for People WITHOUT COVID SYMPTOMS: 

Drive through testing is available BY APPOINTMENT MONDAYS & FRIDAYS – beginning at 10 a.m. at our Eastville center. Results typically come back in 48-72 hours – we will contact patients once results are received.

*Check vdh.virginia.gov/eastern-shore or @EasternShoreHealthDistrict on Facebook for the most up-to-date health department information.

Rapid Testing for People WITH COVID SYMPTOMS:

  • Patients with symptoms should call for an appointment. Testing will be ordered by the medical provider based on their evaluation.

Free N95 Facemasks Available

We have received N95 facemasks from the Health Resources & Services Administration. These facemasks are available to Rural Health patients, the health department, nursing homes, schools and other organizations who request them while supplies last. To request N95 facemasks email crouelle@esrh.org or call 757-414-0400, ext. 1120.

Patient Visit Information – You must call in advance to be seen!

  • Read about enhanced safety procedures.
  • Read about dental safety equipment in place.
  • Read about what to expect when you visit.
  • Limited medical visits are available by phone/audio. Copays are currently collected for telehealth visits. YOU MUST TAKE THE CALL IN A VIRGINIA LOCATION. 
  • All DENTAL services are available in our center offices and school-based dental units. Due to enhanced COVID safety precautions visits take more time and less people can be seen in a day. Please see our video below to learn about safety procedures. PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU CAN’T MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT. 
  • Please come to appointment alone 15 MINUTES EARLY, WITH YOUR CELL PHONE, as you may wait in your car. Please DO NOT EAT OR DRINK 15 MINUTES BEFORE ARRIVING. Necessary support people are welcome to accompany patients to appointments but may be asked to remain in the waiting area or car if their presence is not required for treatment.  Only one adult allowed with children, regardless of number of children being seen. PATIENTS ARE GIVEN A SURGICAL MASK TO WEAR WHILE IN OR NEAR OUR LOCATIONS. ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR CHILDREN TOO SMALL TO WEAR A MASK OR THOSE DEVELOPMENTALLY OR MEDICALLY UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK.