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Initial allocation of vaccines less than expected in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health was informed late Thursday, Dec. 17, by Operation Warp Speed that, like other states, Virginia’s estimated allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be less than initially planned for the next few weeks.

Virginia is now planning to receive 370,650 doses of vaccine this month from two manufacturers, Pfizer and Moderna. This is down from the previously expected 480,000 doses.

Virginia’s health care personnel and long-term care facility residents remain top priority groups, said a press release. Eighteen Virginia hospitals received initial shipments of the Pfizer vaccine this week, and they began dispersing a total of 72,125 doses to frontline health care workers. Virginia has already placed an order for 146,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which was approved last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will begin arriving this week.

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