Vaccinating Underserved Populations

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, along with the Mother of Mercy Free Clinic, Prince William County Government, and Virginia Department of Health are collaborating to vaccinate members of underserved populations. Three large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinics started on Thursday and run through Saturday. Clinics are by appointment only are are held in eastern Prince William County.

By the close of the clinics, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center hopes to have administered nearly  1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible patients and community members.

“Our mission as an organization is to improve health every day. This event gets us one step closer to getting back to “normal.” We want every member of our community to know we care for them. … [E]very person should have the opportunity to be vaccinated,” said event coordinator Diane Araj Buckley, Pharmacy Manager at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Vaccine Clinics

The COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held at the Mother of Mercy Free Clinic (13900 Church Hill Dr., Woodbridge). Appointment times are from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23 and on Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. By offering a variety of times, Sentara hopes that it might be more convenient for families to get vaccinated.

With guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, Sentara has worked extensively through partnerships with community organizations to ensure access for underserved minority populations for whom access might be a challenge. “Our main goal is to get shots in the arms of all our citizens. Support from Sentara and the Mother of Mercy Clinic is crucial to our mission and is greatly appreciated,” said Prince William County Executive Chris Martino.

Prince William Health District Director Alison Ansher agrees. “The Mother of Mercy clinic and Sentara
Northern Virginia Medical Center are trusted healthcare facilities for many of our Hispanic/Latino families.
… [H]aving a vaccination event in partnership with both may encourage those in the Hispanic/Latino community to get vaccinated against COVID.”

Appointment Spots

Spots are still available by appointment only.

  • Friday, April 23, 2021 04:00 to 08:00 p.m. Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, Pfizer, first Dose
    Registration at
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, Pfizer, first Dose. Registration at

Patients with questions regarding the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, or who would like to read FAQs, should visit for the latest updates.

About Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, not-for-profit community hospital serving Prince William County and its surrounding communities. Our medical center combines the resources of a major health system with the compassionate, personalized care of a community hospital. SNVMC offers quiet, private rooms and high quality care focused on safety and patient satisfaction. We offer a wide range of medical specialties, a highly qualified medical and clinical staff and state-of-the-art technology. Our clinical services include advanced imaging, cancer services, diabetes management, emergency care, heart and vascular care, lab services, neurosurgery, primary care, orthopedics, urology, weight loss surgery, women’s services and more.


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