Arlington Community Center to close as COVID-19 vaccination site

ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County plans to reopen the Walter Reed Community Center on April 5 for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and board games.

The community center, at 2909 S. 16th Street, has served as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic since January 2021.

After reopening for sports and games on April 5, the Walter Reed Community Center will resume all other operations from April 18, County Executive Mark Schwartz said this week at a county council meeting.

When the Walter Reed Community Center ceases to serve as the county vaccination site, Arlington residents can still go to the Arlington Factory Community Center at 909 S Dinwiddie Street to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Local pharmacies and doctor’s offices also offer vaccines against COVID-19.

Schwartz said the county’s end goal is to integrate the county’s COVID-19 vaccination program with full-time vaccination activities at Sequoia Plaza on Washington Blvd., which is currently restricted to Department of Social Services customers only. County.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, Schwartz emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over. Arlington County had fallen to 24 new coronavirus cases per day in early March, but rebounded to an average of 35 new cases per day earlier this week.

“The surest sign that it’s not over is that we continue to see new cases of COVID in Arlington,” Schwartz said.

Arlington County has administered 197,700 vaccines at its public health clinics since the first vaccines were launched 15 months ago. Nearly 78% of Arlingtonians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Schwartz said the county would be ready to administer a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents when the Food and Drug Administration clears applications from drug companies. “Our public health clinics will be ready, whatever the decision,” he said.

Jill E. Washington