Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week new actions to support the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program and accelerate the pace of vaccinations across Virginia.
Northam said he is taking the following steps to help providers increase the rate of vaccinations as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible:
Vaccination goal—Northam set an initial goal of vaccinating 25,000 Virginians each day when supply allows.
“Use it or lose it” model—Medical facilities will be required to put the vaccine they receive into arms as soon as possible, or risk having future vaccine allotments reduced.
Dr. Danny T.K. Avula to lead vaccination efforts in Virginia. Northam appointed Avula, who is the director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments to coordinate work between state officials, local health departments, hospitals, and private providers.
Expanded priority groups—K-12 teachers and child care workers will be among the next priority groups to receive vaccin...
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