Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

By: - April 22, 2021 12:02 am

President-elect Joe Biden receives the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 11 in Newark, Del. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Virginia officials are also trying to boost vaccination rates via messaging campaigns, advertising and opening more community vaccination clinics in remote and rural parts of the state, among other measures.

On Wednesday, Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, announced that the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will get more than $6.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get people without transportation to community vaccination centers.

“As Virginians 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, we remain committed to expanding opportunities so that all eligible students, workers, and residents can get their shots as soon as possible,” they said in a statement.

Virginia Mercury reporter Kate Masters contributed reporting. 

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Virginia Mercury. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.