WILLIAMSBURG — Around 11 a.m. on Friday, March 12, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Daniel Carey paid a visit to the Greater Williamsburg Vaccination Clinic.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services has been dedicating time to visit localities around the state to see how the vaccination process is being handled. While visiting the local clinic, Carey administered several vaccinations to residents.
Nicole Trifone, spokesperson for the City of Williamsburg, said on Friday that the clinic divides days on which people receive their first dose, and those that are receiving their second dose.
This particular Friday was the day for second dose administration.
City of Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Director, Tyrone Franklin, received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Friday, administered by Carey himself.
“[The pandemic] has been a terrible experience, not just for the United States, but for the whole world,” Franklin said. “I want to do my part to get the world back to normal.”
Franklin added now that he is fully vaccinated, he is hoping to attend his daughter’s basketball games at Norfolk State University.
Ciera Fenske, firefighter and medic for the Williamsburg Fire Department, said on Friday that each volunteer at the clinic must go through 30 hours of training before being able to help with the vaccination process.
Fenske said that there are about 60 volunteers at the clinic and that approximately 1,200 people pass through the clinic every day.
As for getting vaccinations out to more people, Carey emphasized the importance of utilizing five major avenues for rolling out vaccinations: Public health systems, health departments, pharmacies, private practices, and large vaccination centers, like the Greater Williamsburg Vaccination Clinic.
Referring to President Joe Biden’s announcement that the federal government is commited to having all eligible adults vaccinated by May 1, Carey said all states need to be pushed to meet this requirement, including Virginia.
He added that it is very possible to get Virginia to move through Phases 1b to 1c throughout April.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting bigger, and it’s this vaccine,” Carey said.
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