Tag: Virginia Department of Health
Rockingham County Public Schools urged parents last week not to send their children to school with flu-like symptoms as cases of the virus climb across the area and region. Meanwhile, Sentara RMH is seeing more patients with flu-like and respiratory illnesses.
Nearly 100 middle school students aged 5 to 11 received COVID vaccines Thursday at Thomas Harrison and Skyline middle schools in Harrisonburg, the first day the shots were offered in city schools for young children.
The vaccine requirement protocol and covid testing for unvaccinated school staff also prompted passionate arguments from educators, staff and parents during Tuesday’s school board meeting’s public comment period, as did the recent adoption of a model policy from the Virginia School Board Association regarding treatment of transgender students.
While COVID-19 vaccinations have become widely available, several Harrisonburg organizations have stepped up efforts to help people in vulnerable communities — including immigrants and refugees, as well as those experiencing homelessness — overcome hurdles to get vaccinated.
Even as hospitals overflow with record numbers of Covid-19 patients in other parts of the country and world, the Central Shenandoah Health District is upbeat about the progress of the state health department’s vaccination campaign in their jurisdiction.
Seven weeks after his first dose of Covid vaccine, José Ríos is still waiting for a second shot. The 67-year-old Harrisonburg resident went to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in early February after a friend at church told him about the vaccination clinic there, but he says a scheduling mix-up has kept him from completing the series. Not knowing who to contact, Ríos is still waiting for a call from the clinic, unsure of how to proceed.
As Virginia continues vaccinating groups 1a and 1b, nursing students from area schools are helping the Public Health District’s effort to deliver vaccines while also getting valuable real-world experience.
The Citizen has developed an automated tracker that summarizes and offers readers visualizations of vaccine data published by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). When the VDH updates its datasets each day, these charts will also display the latest figures. Vaccination rates are calculated using 2019 data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.