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Health officials work to increase efforts to get Southside region vaccinated
Volunteers set up for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the former JCPenney store at the Danville Mall on March 5, 2021. (Credit: Kaicey Baylor/WSET)

Danville's COVID-19 vaccination center is one of three mass clinics in Virginia.

While the clinic's goal is to administer 3,000 vaccines a day, last week's clinics only brought in 7,493 people in total. 

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"So, you know, we initially slated 3,000 doses a day, and I think we certainly recognize that the demand for vaccines in Danville is requiring some work," Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia's vaccine coordinator, said. 

Avula says reaching people on the Southside requires coordination and connection. They have contractors to work alongside county and city leaders to get the word out.

Those contractors are also focused on reaching communities of color.

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"They're basically creating separate pathways for those individuals to get vaccine slots," Avula added.

As of now, Avula said there may not be much of a need to direct as many vaccines to Danville. There will be more of a need to send vaccines once the Southside reaches Phase 2.

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