Shenandoah University Is One of Four Regional Vaccination Sites
The James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center will serve as the COVID-19 mass-vaccination site in the Winchester/Frederick County area in collaboration with Valley Health and the Lord Fairfax Health District.
Who is eligible to get a vaccine at Shenandoah?
- Individuals 75 and older
- Police, fire, and hazmat
- Corrections and homeless shelter workers
- Childcare/K-12 teachers and staff
My spouse is 75 or older, but I am not. Can I receive a vaccine?
In keeping with the Lord Fairfax Health District practices, cohabitating spouses of people 75 and over may also get a vaccine if they are 65 and over and register through valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.
When can I get my vaccine at Shenandoah?
COVID-19 vaccines will begin by appointment for those in Group 1B on Wednesday, Jan. 13. If you aren’t sure which phase/category you fall into, find out on the Virginia Department of Health’s website.
Do I need to be a resident of Winchester or Frederick County to get vaccinated at Shenandoah?
The Shenandoah site is open to all Virginians.
Do I have to register or can I walk in to get vaccinated?
Please check Valley Health’s website for the most current information and directions about how to register. Appointments and pre-registration are required to receive your vaccine.
Will same-day appointments be available?
There is a possibility that time slots will be available for the same day in which you register. You will be able to see these available time slots when registering.
If I walk in, is there a chance I won’t be able to get vaccinated?
Supplies and availability of the vaccine are limited. We urge anyone who wants a vaccine to make an appointment at www.valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations to ensure that you can receive your vaccine.
Which vaccine will I be receiving?
The vaccine distribution at Shenandoah University will offer the Moderna vaccine but may switch to Pfizer depending on supply.
What side effects can I expect?
A complete list of safety, efficacy, and side-effect information can be found at cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19.
What if I experience immediate side effects and need emergency care?
While allergic reactions and severe side effects are very rare, EMS officials will be on site in case of a medical emergency at the vaccine distribution site.
Who will be administering the vaccine at Shenandoah?
COVID-19 vaccination efforts are a partnership between the Virginia Department of Health, Valley Health and Shenandoah University. Licensed clinical professionals from each organization will be administering vaccines and working as health observers. Volunteers from Shenandoah and the community will be assisting with registration and clerical work.
How long will the vaccination process take?
We know your time is important to you and want to minimize wait times as much as possible. Please prepare to be at the vaccination site for about an hour. All people who receive the vaccine will need to wait at the site for at least 15 minutes for observation by medical personnel.
Where can I receive my second dose?
You will receive your second dose at the same location where you received your first dose.
Where do I park on campus?
Please park at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center at 1188 Ralph Shockey Drive.
I have mobility issues. Will there be someone to assist me?
Wheelchairs will be provided to those who need them upon entrance to the facility. Golf carts will be available to help transport people between the parking lot and building.
What entrance should I use to enter the building?
Please use the entrance near the main parking lot. There will be another door for exiting the building.
Will there be signs that tell me where to go?
Yes, signs will be posted in several locations around the building.
Is the events center large enough to accommodate necessary social distancing?
Yes, the 77,000 square-foot space offers a lot of space for social distancing. Staff will also be on hand to ensure social distancing is maintained.
What other activities might be taking place when I get vaccinated?
Shenandoah will be conducting its surveillance testing for employees and students on the opposite side of the facility. Athletic practices might also be held during the time of your vaccination. All student-athletes and coaches will be masked.