COVID-19 Vaccine

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Officials with the Roanoke City-Alleghany Health District say demand for first COVID-19 vaccine doses has started to taper off.

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A quarter of Virginia’s population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Virginia is ceasing the use of all Johnson & Johnson vaccines while the federal government investigates rare reports of potentially dangerous blood clots among recipients of the vaccine.

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A drastic reduction in shipments of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine won’t set back Virginia’s plans.

Because the risk of a deadly COVID outbreak was especially high in state prisons, and because the disease could easily spread to surrounding communities through staff, inmates and employees were among the first Virginians to get vaccine. However, nearly a third of prisoners and more than 40% of staff have refused it.  That means significant restrictions remain in place, and frustration behind bars is building.