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VDH hosts Pfizer vaccine clinics at multiple Roanoke Public Library branches

The last of nine clinics is September 8, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Libraries and vaccinations seem like an unlikely pair, but Roanoke Public Libraries has been working behind the scenes to help get people vaccinated.
Libraries and vaccinations seem like an unlikely pair, but Roanoke Public Libraries has been working behind the scenes to help get people vaccinated.

ROANOKE, Va. – Libraries and vaccinations seem like an unlikely pair, but Roanoke Public Libraries has been working behind the scenes to help get people vaccinated.

For example, library staff manned the phones for coronavirus vaccine registration in early spring.

Right now, they are hosting multiple vaccination clinics at their branches.

Here are the dates and times:

  • Wednesday, July 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library
  • Friday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Williamson Road Branch Library
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Williamson Road Branch Library
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Main Library
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Belmont Branch Library

Director of libraries, Sheila Umberger said it’s all about equity, convenience and showing a library is more than just a place to find a good book.

“We are also a place where we give people opportunity, and that’s opportunity to a vaccine that maybe they don’t have a car or maybe they work and the hours don’t work and it’s so much more convenient to go to the library that’s just in their neighborhood,” said Umberger.

Parents have shared with staff how the library is a more relaxing place to get their vaccine for them and their children especially because they can read a book while waiting.


About the Author:

Megan Woods is thrilled to be back home and reporting at Local 4. She joined the team in September 2021. Before returning to Michigan, Megan reported at stations across the country including Northern Michigan, Southwest Louisiana and a sister station in Southwest Virginia.