COVID-19

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

Virginia DMV bringing back walk-in service

BY: - October 4, 2021

Starting Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is bringing back walk-in service at all 75 customer services centers for the first-time since the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the department into appoint-only, online and mail service. Appoint-only service will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and walk-in service will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the department said […]

Virginia schools can now apply for $107 million in grants to combat learning loss

BY: - October 2, 2021

Virginia’s 132 school divisions can  now apply for up to $107 million from three different grants to support math and literacy education, including to reverse learning loss during the pandemic.  The American Rescue Plan aimed at providing federal relief funds awarded Virginia $2.1 billion from the act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, in […]

Under expanded federal guidance, booster shots are now widely available to Virginians

BY: - September 27, 2021

After a slew of rapid-fire — and sometimes contradictory — federal recommendations last week, hundreds of thousands of Virginians are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots.  And while state health officials are still awaiting clarification on some of the criteria, they say the doses are now widely available to anybody who wants one. Unlike the […]

Vaccine mandates don’t appear to be driving the current nursing shortage in Virginia

BY: - September 27, 2021

Last week, the Virginia Nurses Association held a virtual news conference to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike in the summer, the tone wasn’t optimistic. This time, nurses across the state had gathered to share the growing toll of providing intensive care amid worsening staffing shortages. “Our nurses are mentally depleted, exhausted and traumatized,” said association […]

Antibody treatment is rising in Virginia, raising hopes — and concerns — from providers

BY: - September 27, 2021

For the last nine months, Augusta Health has been mounting an intensive immunization campaign, administering more than 85,000 doses across its small community in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. “Given that we don’t have unlimited resources, we’ve chosen to focus most recently on the vaccination efforts,” said John Mack, chief operating officer of the hospital system. But faced […]

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is affecting kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

Many state employees remain unvaccinated despite mandate

BY: - September 22, 2021

Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam gave state employees a choice: get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing for COVID-19. Many, it appears, have chosen testing. While comprehensive figures aren’t available yet, a survey of some of the largest state agencies reveals employee vaccination rates range from just over 50 percent at the Department of Corrections […]

Virginia pediatricians put out ‘call for help’ amid surging demand for care

BY: - September 18, 2021

Over the last week, health systems and emergency physicians across Virginia have sounded the alarm over a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations threatening to overwhelm many emergency rooms. But the rise of the delta variant, coupled with the start of the new school year, is also creating chaos for pediatricians, who are struggling to treat an […]

COMMENTARY

What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains.

BY: - September 17, 2021

By Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia For Americans wary of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, like the sweeping requirements President Joe Biden announced Sept. 9, it seems there are plenty of leaders offering ways to get exemptions — especially religious ones. No major organized religious group has officially discouraged the vaccine, and many, like the Catholic Church, […]

The demand for COVID-19 testing is surging — another challenge for overworked hospitals

BY: - September 16, 2021

As COVID-19 continues to circulate across Virginia, health officials are still grappling with the downstream effects — including a ballooning demand for testing. In some cases, it’s created additional challenges for already overwhelmed hospitals. Last week, the Virginia Department of Health announced it would add another 170 testing events across the state this month “to […]