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Published on January 09, 2021

For Immediate Release

Maryanne Boster
Director of Corporate Communications
Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center Partners with Arlington Free Clinic to Vaccinate Essential Workers

Arlington, VA: Updated January 11, 2021 –Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), a community-based hospital providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years, is partnering with the Arlington Free Clinic to vaccinate 50 patients on Monday, January 11 as Arlington County moves into Phase 1b of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) vaccine distribution plan. VHC plans to continue to offer vaccines to Arlington Free Clinic patients going forward.

“Virginia Hospital Center is honored to work with community partners like the Arlington Free Clinic to take this crucial step forward in battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Adrian Stanton, Vice President, Business Development & Community Relations, Virginia Hospital Center. “Our first priority is always the health and safety of our community and this vaccine is a valuable tool to protect our residents from this virus.”

Patients eligible to receive the vaccine were identified and registered for appointments by the Arlington Free Clinic. At this time, the COVID vaccine is only available to individuals who meet the criteria outlined by VDH in Phases 1a and 1b of the vaccine distribution plan including healthcare personnel, frontline essential workers, and individuals over the age of 75. The COVID vaccine is not currently available to the greater Arlington community. For more information about vaccine availability in Arlington, please email covid_vaccineinquiry@arlingtonva.us or visit Arlington County Public Health Division COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Pre-Registration.

“Our patients have been deeply impacted by the lasting effects of this pandemic,” said Nancy White, Executive Director, Arlington Free Clinic. “We are thrilled to be able to start offering them relief from some of the stressors of the last year by providing access to this vaccine.”

The vaccine clinics at the Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) are for AFC patients only. Virginia Hospital Center is partnering with Arlington County to vaccinate Arlington County residents 75 years and older, and the County is conducting vaccination clinics to address the other County residents that fall within the Phase 1b category.

About Virginia Hospital Center: Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 75 years and was recently designated a Newsweek 2020 Best Maternity Care Hospital, received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and once again named a Leapfrog Top Hospital in 2019. The Hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 437-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

About Arlington Free Clinic Since 1994, Arlington Free Clinic has been committed to providing exemplary health care for Arlingtonians in need, serving about 1,600 patients each year. Arlington Free Clinic provides free, high-quality healthcare to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of donors and volunteers.