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Answering Questions About Vaccinations

It’s no secret that this fall and winter could be the most complicated vaccination season we’ve ever seen at UVA Health and in our community. With COVID booster guidelines shifting, flu season in full swing, and Monkeypox now on the scene, we could all use a refresher on vaccine best practices and where to receive them this season.

Last week, Dr. Costi Sifri, Director of Hospital Epidemiology at UVA Health, provided a comprehensive guide to this year’s vaccination climate. Whether reading for yourself, for your children and family, or for your patients, the guide is a steady resource during this complex time in modern healthcare. Dr. Sifri answers questions like: When do I get my next COVID booster? Why should I get a flu vaccine? Should I be worried about getting Monkeypox? And much more.

I’m sure many of you are up to date on all things vaccine-related, but in case you want to hear from one of our own leading experts, I highly recommend Dr. Sifri’s quick reference guide. I encourage you to share the guide with your friends, patients, and peers in our community who have vaccine questions— just another way we can be a helpful healthcare resource to those around us.

Speaking of helping out, below are some need areas where you can help give vaccinations:

  • Team member vaccinations | Employee Health needs support in administering COVID-19 boosters and flu shots to team members on weekdays and weekends. To sign up, contact vaccine coordinator Valerie Goodman, RN, at
  • Community COVID testing/vaccination events | MAs, LPNs, and RNs are needed to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at weekly events for vulnerable community members in Charlottesville. See schedule below. Please use this link to sign-up. Contact Amy Luu at if you have questions.
    • Mondays | 6-7:30 p.m. | Church of the Incarnation
    • Tuesdays | 5:30-7 p.m. | Mt. Zion Church

Take care and be well,

PS— Click here to find out where to get your vaccinations in our community.