Suffolk Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Vaccine Finder COVID-19 Vaccine Locator www.vaccines.gov
Vaccinate Virginia Statewide Call Center - 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Virginia Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Website vaccinate.virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Health Vaccine Information website https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Authorized for Children 5-11 and Will Be Available at Walmart and Sam’s Club Pharmacies
**This information is being shared as a public service on behalf of Walmart and Sam's Club regarding the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine being authorized for Children ages 5-11**
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, Walmart is preparing to offer vaccination effort support to help protect our kids and communities. Walmart and Sam's Club will administer the Pfizer vaccine to eligible children in more than 5,100 pharmacies nationwide starting later this week as supply allows. The FDA and CDC have carefully evaluated the safety and effectiveness data, and after a thorough review, based on strict safety and efficacy standards, they determined the vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11, at one-third of the dose used for adolescents and adults. You can find more information on scheduling, side effects and more, here.
*This information is being shared on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health*
The Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center Expands Vaccination Opportunities to Include Boosters for Moderna and J&J
The Virginia Department Health (VDH) continues operations at the regional state-run Community Vaccination Center (CVC), at the former Macy’s Department Store location at Military Circle Mall (MCM) located at 880 N. Military Highway, Norfolk.
Virginians will be able to receive boosters for Moderna and J&J beginning today. For individuals who received either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, a single booster is recommended at least six months after completion of their initial series for those populations who are 65 years of age and older, those living in long-term care facilities, and those 18 years of age and up who are at increased risk due to underlying medical conditions or where they work or live. A single booster is recommended at least two months after completion of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines for those 18 years of age and up.
The CDC also announced that there are now booster recommendations for all three available vaccines in the United States. Those individuals eligible for a booster vaccine may choose which vaccine to receive as their booster. Further guidance from the CDC in the coming days to help individuals understand these recommendations is expected.
FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations: The former Macy’s location will be offering vaccination appointments from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
To find an appointment, Visit vase.vdh.virginia.gov and input "23502" into the zip code search bar to schedule an appointment at the Military Circle Mall community vaccination center, or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Have vaccine questions or need help scheduling? Contact the Norfolk COVID-19 hotline at (757) 683-2745. Appointments are encouraged when possible to reduce wait times but walk-ins will also be accepted.
Those who have an appointment should plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to the appointment time. Anyone who has received a prior COVID-19 vaccine should bring their vaccine card or their vaccine record with a QR code. If you need a copy of your vaccine record, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov. Anyone 12 years or older who lives or works in Virginia is eligible to be vaccinated. Those under 18 years of age require the presence of a parent or guardian. To learn more about COVID-19, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/.
Vaccines.gov - COVID-19 Vaccines
The Virginia Department of Health is using Vaccines.gov to advertise new and existing vaccine openings as well as for scheduling. It is essentially a one-stop-site for connecting to a vaccine! This is a great way for citizens to obtain a free vaccine at vaccine locations in the community.
Sentara Healthcare VAX UP VA website
Sentara Healthcare, along with community and faith-based partners, has launched a new website with updated COVID-19 vaccine myths vs. facts, video testimonials, and other vaccine resources for unvaccinated community members. Visit www.vaxupva.com for more information.
Who is Eligible for a COVID-19 Booster Shot
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available.
For more information, visit this LINK
Accessing a COVID-19 Vaccine If You Are Homebound
If you are homebound and need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, contact your healthcare provider or your state or local health department. In many states, you may also dial 211 to connect to essential community services.
If you are not able to arrange a COVID-19 vaccination through your healthcare provider or through your state or local health department, try contacting groups that are advocates for people who are homebound:
The Aging Network at 1-800-677-1116
Search for services by ZIP code with the Eldercare Locator
Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 1-888-677-1199
Hotline for Medicare recipients at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY 1-877-486-2048)
You may also try contacting private home health services, personal aides, or organizations such as Meals on Wheels. Sometimes these groups can advocate for you or inform you about the services available in your area.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Studies indicate some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do.
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
For more information, visit this CDC webpage
FEMA Grant for COVID-19 Pandemic Funeral Assistance for Individuals
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 at 100 percent federal cost share. FEMA provides financial assistance under the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) provision of the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to individuals and households with disaster-related funeral expenses.
What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Common side effects include pain and swelling in the arm where you receive the shot. For more information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) visit: What to Expect After Getting a COIVD-19 Vaccine.
GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM EXECUTIVE ORDERS
The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Nine (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency Ten can be found here.
Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has an interactive COVID-19 Testing Sites Map which provides information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services).
For the latest information on COVID-19 and safety tips, visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) websites. The VDEM website includes all executive orders and relevant guidance in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, and soon to be Vietnamese and Tagalog.
The City of Suffolk leadership team is continuing to actively monitor coronavirus/COVID-19 and assess City operations based on developments. We are coordinating with the Western Tidewater Health District/Virginia Department of Health as it relates to City activities and services. Updates will be posted to this page as well as our social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
- CITY OFFICES: Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings in City facilities. If you’re not fully vaccinated, help protect others by continuing to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. Please do not come inside City facilities if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, or sore throat. Citizens may wish to conduct business online (City website), where offered, or contact the City Department/Office via phone, 757-514-4000 for assistance.
- CITY COUNCIL: City Council meetings are aired live on the Suffolk Municipal Channel (Spectrum Channel 190) and live streamed at http://suffolkva.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2 so that the public is aware of all actions taken.
- COURTS: In response to the judicial emergency declared by the Supreme Court of Virginia which became effective March 16, 2020, requiring the Mills E. Godwin Courts Complex to close to the public with the exception of emergency matters, please note that effective July 8, 2021, all courts in the Mills E. Godwin courts complex are fully open and hearing all matters. Social distancing is required inside the courtroom and masks are required for those who have not been fully vaccinated. The Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is closed to the public. Business is being conducted by phone, mail, e-file, drop-box and appointments. Please call the Suffolk Circuit Court Clerk’s office for assistance, 757-514-7800.
- LIBRARY: Effective August 30, 2021, Suffolk Public Library resumed normal hours of Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Suffolk Library and Morgan Memorial Library locations. The Chuckatuck Library is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are still offering curbside pick-up service at Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library. We encourage the community to use the automated lockers which are installed at both the Morgan Memorial Library and Chuckatuck Library locations and provide opportunities to collect books and other requested items at any time of the day. To learn more about the Suffolk Public Library, visit www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com. Follow the Library on Instagram @suffolkpubliclibrary, and check for updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/SuffolkPublicLibrary.
- PARKS & RECREATION: Suffolk Parks and Recreation strongly recommends individuals wear masks in all recreation facilities and parks where physical distancing is not possible. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, visit our website at www.suffolkva.us/parks, or by calling 757-514-7250 for more information.
- POLICE: The Suffolk Police Department has changed the way it responds to non-violent incidents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new response procedures are designed to reduce citizen’s and Officer’s exposure to the coronavirus in the line of duty. Further, Officers will be using social distancing and personal protective equipment to limit contact as much as possible in accordance with recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Police may not respond to non-violent offenses. Incidents that can be adequately handled by telephone reporting will not have an Officer response. Citizens are encouraged to call Non-Emergency Dispatch at 757-923-2350, Option 8, to make telephone reports. Responses to serious incidents and threats to public safety will continue to receive priority responses.
- PUBLIC UTILITIES: Suffolk Department of Public Utilities announces that utility service (water and wastewater) cut-offs due to delinquent utility bills will resume on September 1, 2021.
- SUFFOLK ANIMAL CONTROL: As of March 15, 2021, the Animal Shelter reopened according to its normal schedule. Masking and social distancing will be required. For information, call 757-514-7855.
- SCHOOLS: For information on Suffolk Public Schools, please visit the SPS website.
- SOCIAL SERVICES: Effective March 15, 2021, the Department of Social Services opened to the public for in-person customer service by appointment only. Most services will continue to be offered in a virtual format for your convenience. To schedule an appointment for in-person customer service, please contact (757) 514-7450 or e-mail email@example.com. To Report Child Abuse or Neglect: call the Suffolk Department of Social Services during regular business hours at 757-514-7450. Out-of-State callers can call (804) 786-8536 and Hearing-impaired can call (800) 828-1120.
- SUFFOLK TRANSIT: Suffolk Transit will continue under normal operations. Face coverings are required when using Suffolk Transit as per federal guidance. Customers will not be allowed to board the bus without one. Children under the age of 10 and those with medical exceptions are excluded. Link to video regarding RIDER SAFETY GUIDELINES: Link to video
- TOURISM: The Suffolk Visitor Center hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
- TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION: There are no changes to collection schedules.
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER: Adhering to all current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Commonwealth of Virginia pandemic guidelines, the City of Suffolk announces the reopening of the Suffolk Workforce Development Center to the public on September 7, 2021, at its 157 North Main Street, 2nd Floor location. Current operations include self-service computer labs for job and education seekers as well as wrap around job readiness and employment assistance, which is available by appointment only. The Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Suffolk Workforce Development Center is an affiliate Virginia Career Works site equipped to meet the needs of employers and individuals through relevant training, education, and supportive services that enable self-sufficiency to include GED preparation. Some of the Center’s workforce development partners include: the College Career Academy at the Pruden (CCAP), the Virginia Employment Commission, the Virginia Community College System, Suffolk Department of Social Services, Suffolk Economic Development Department, Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Virginia Veteran Services, Norfolk State University, The Stop Organization Inc., AARP Senior Employment Services, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS), Suffolk Literacy Council, Coalition Against Poverty (CAPS), Suffolk Public Schools, Blakey Weaver Counseling Center and a host of local employers. We welcome all of our partners and citizens back into our facility. For more information, contact Larry Brunson, coordinator, at 757-514-7730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UPDATES FROM VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM: Visit this website for the latest from the Governor.