COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Bridget Manley

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Sentara apologizes to minister for its handling of vaccination appointment

After Sentara RMH turned away Christina Rivera from a vaccination appointment nearly two weeks ago, the hospital administration has since apologized, rescheduled her vaccination and will use the situation as part of diversity training for staff.

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A Valley minister was set to get her vaccine. Instead, she says, hospital security escorted her out.

Christina Rivera, part of the senior lead ministry team at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, registered for a vaccine and received an appointment to receive it at Sentara RMH. When she arrived, Rivera, who is Latina, said she was denied the vaccine and eventually escorted out of the hospital by security.

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What’s it like in D.C. today? A Harrisonburg police officer who’s part of the Va. National Guard gives us a glimpse

More than 21,500 National Guard members are deployed across Washington, D.C., to provide security for today’s presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Among their ranks is Harrisonburg Police Sgt. Scott Drugo, who is the Intelligence Officer & Gang Task Force supervisor.

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Area Black leaders explain how King’s words are as crucial as ever in 2021

For Black activists and leaders in the Valley, there’s more work the country must do toward achieving equality in America — that dream of which Martin Luther King, Jr. famously spoke. And that work continues today, as it did yesterday and will tomorrow in the far-too-slow bend toward justice.

Finding gratitude in an otherwise bleak year

Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.

‘What else can we do enliven ourselves and not just cope?’

Old age. Many spend life dreading it, fearing it and even fighting it. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. A collection of essays released this year argues that the later season of life can be as — or more — fulfilling and meaningful as other points.

Harrisonburg woman takes a trip a lifetime in the making — to the place where her life was saved

The accident has haunted Harrisonburg resident Lori Mier her entire life. In August, she took a cross-country pilgrimage the place where it happened. Where her parents died. Where she and her sister were stranded over night. And where strangers saved her.

Art in the time of COVID

While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.

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