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Free COVID-19 Vaccines 

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters, are free with no out-of-pocket cost to you. You must have an appointment to be vaccinated. You do not have to be a Rural Health patient to get vaccinated at Rural Health. 

  • The Pfizer vaccine is now approved for ages 5-11. Initially the Atlantic, Eastville and Onley centers will only give these vaccines on scheduled dates and times. Chincoteague patients will be scheduled at Atlantic. Vaccines will be given to those 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.
  • We are scheduling initial “first time” COVID-19 vaccinations for the general population ages 5 and up (Pfizer) and 18+ (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson). 
  • Booster shots are now available to anyone age 18 and up who had their 2nd Pfizer or Moderna dose at least 6 months ago or their Johnson & Johnson shot at least 2 months ago. All restrictions regarding medical conditions, occupation, or living conditions have been lifted. You do not have to have received your first two COVID shots (Pfizer and Moderna) or first shot (Johnson & Johnson) at Rural Health to get your booster here. If you received your first two shots (or shot) somewhere else you need to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Immunocompromised people can get a booster 6 months after their 3rd shot. (Immunocompromised people’s initial dose is a three-shot series, the booster is the 4th shot.) 
  • Patients ages 12+ are currently offered vaccines as appropriate during medical visits with our providers.

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.

Free Community 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. The testing fee is billed to your health insurance with no copay. If you don’t have health insurance, there is no charge. 

Standard (PCR) Testing: 

  • The Eastern Shore Health Department provides free drive through community PCR testing at Eastern Shore Community College on Wednesdays and our Atlantic center on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Community testing is for all community members without symptoms, including Rural Health patients who have not been seen by a Rural Health provider, who would like to be tested for travel, surgery and because they have been exposed to COVID, as well as for those who just want to be tested. (No appointments are made for this testing.) 
  • Our Eastville center performs community testing on Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Appointments are required for this testing.)
  • Rural Health providers will order COVID testing for patients with COVID symptoms who are seen via telemedicine or in car visits. This testing will be performed during the designated testing times at each center. 
  • PCR results typically come back in 48-72 hours – we will contact patients once results are received.

Rapid Testing: 

  • Rapid antigen testing is available to Rural Health patients if ordered by a Rural Health medical provider.
  • Members of the community who want a rapid test (including Rural Health patients who haven’t seen a Rural Health provider) can get tested at local pharmacies. Rapid tests for use at home can also be purchased at local pharmacies.

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.
  • Telehealth visits by phone or video are still available. Medication refills can be taken care of on the call. Patients without a routine medical appointment scheduled should contact their center by phone or patient portal for refills. Copays are now collected for these 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 new practice changes related to COVID safety precautions visits take more time. Please see our video below to see how dental visits may have changed since your last visit. 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.