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Governor touts effectiveness of masks in schools

In his first press briefing in months on the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam pointed out studies that show that masks in schools are working to control the spread of the virus and made another plea for Virginians to get vaccinated.

“If you want to see this pandemic end; if you want to see your children in school every day; if you want to see high school football games, get vaccinated,” Northam said during Monday’s briefing. “It is the only way forward. It’s not you versus me. We’re all fighting a virus.”

Northam said those who have not yet gotten the vaccine are having health and financial impacts on others. He urged those who are eligible for a booster shot to get them, as well, pointing out that they are now widely available at pharmacies and other locations.

With a COVID-19 vaccine for children expected to be available by the end of October, Northam said plans are underway to provide it to children in public school settings. He pointed out that many children have bee...

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