TAZEWELL, V.a. (WVVA) -- A vaccination event for those 75 years of age and older was held at the Tazewell County Fair Grounds in Nuckolls Hall, where those attending were are able to get their vaccines in a quick and easy, appointment-based fashion.
The Tazewell County Health Department and the Virginia
Health Department, through the commonwealth's Cumberland Plateau Health District, hosted the event.
Those seeking the vaccine had their appointment status and medical history checked on one side of the room, and then proceeded to a vaccination station on the other side.
One recipient of the vaccine, Bonnie Ellison, said she didn't expect to get her vaccine so early on in the year. "I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to get it real fast or it'd take me a long time, but this is great coming in here, just going right up and getting it," said Ellison.
Another recipient, Tex Sawyer, drove from Richlands, Virginia to get the vaccine. "For us, it's a blessing. We don't live far from here," said Sawyer. "To be able to come here in this big building, everybody's real friendly. You know, the place is clean, we're not standing in line outside."
The acting Medical Director for the Cumberland Plateau Health District, Dr. Karen Shelton, MD, said that other groups like police, fire, licensed child care facilities, teachers and others will join those 75 and older in this round of vaccinations in the commonwealth.
Eligibility for this group is determined through their employer.
"People who work face to face with many people of our society, and are not able to work remotely, so for this purpose they are deemed high risk for getting COVID," said Shelton.
Shelton also says that just because someone is getting the first round of shots, doesn't mean that they're entirely protected yet.
"One thing that is very important is that if you have been exposed to COVID, taking this vaccine right away will not protect you from getting COVID, " said Shelton. "It does have to be in your system in order for protection to occur."