"We expect that we'll be able to start offering vaccines to children in the next couple of days," pending approval by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Cynthia Morrow said Tuesday.
Addressing recent national reports of people who haven’t returned for their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the director of the Roanoke Cit…
Virginians with appointments to receive this vaccine will be rescheduled for a different clinic.
To figure out why some people are COVID vaccination-averse, a team of Virginia Tech researchers set out to determine if misinformation shared on social media fuels that resistance.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow said efforts continue to vaccinate people as quickly as possible, but nowhere near enough people have immunities that would offer protection to unvaccinated people.
People who live in Roanoke and surrounding communities should sign up through vaccinate.virginia.gov to get a clinic invitation or check with a pharmacy or provider. Or call 540-613-6597 to schedule an appointment.
Roanoke area health districts expand vaccine eligibility to other essential workers, and the governor says Virginia will open COVID-19 vaccination to everyone on April 18.
The Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts are receiving twice as much vaccine as in past weeks with the hopes reaching the rest of the people waiting on the Phase 1 list.
Thousands more Virginians than would be expected lost their lives during the past year. Hardest hit were the oldest among us who died directly from the coronavirus, but also from loneliness, isolation and perhaps less robust care. But they were not the only age group to have more deaths than would be expected.
Roanoke's public health director said Friday she has yet to learn if any Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be coming next week. There had been hope that vaccine supplies were going to increase then and the districts could rapidly work through the people still waiting in Phase 1b.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow said any events involving eating and drinking would require students to remove their masks, and that could promote the spread of the disease.
The Roanoke area's public health director said Friday that people 65 and older will remain a top priority for vaccination, but they have reached nearly all in that age group who said they wanted the COVID-19 vaccine.
"We are making progress with the number and rate of people getting vaccinated. Why jeopardize that?" asks the director of the Roanoke health districts.
A system flaw in the state's centralized system invited some people to jump the line in getting their vaccine this weekend during a mass vaccination clinic at Berglund Center. The local health director said most of the 8,000 doses went to eligible people, but a glitch was discovered in filters with the new system.
With this expansion, students of all grades will be able to attend school either four or five days per week.
The Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts expect within two weeks to be able reach all adults 65 and older who want the vaccines and to make headway on essential workers.
Virginia reported high death counts this week, a result of January's peak cases leading to both a lag in recording deaths and to people dying after weeks of hospitalizations.
African Americans and Latinos are more likely to become infected by the coronavirus and to be hospitalized with serious illnesses. Yet both groups have been nearly absent from mass vaccination clinics in Roanoke.
State officials are working on a new vaccine distribution plan that would favor localities with higher rates of elderly residents, especially African American and Latino elderly, who are among the most vulnerable to infections and poor outcomes from the virus.
The hotline, 877-VAX-IN-VA, or 877-829-4682, came a day after Tuesday's launch of vaccinate.Virginia.gov, a centralized preregistration system that allows people to express interest in getting the shots and gives vaccinators the ability to strategically invite the oldest and most frail to their clinics.
The Virginia Department of Health has launched a centralized preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccinations but warned that with millions of…