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    COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

     

    What’s New This Week

    • Governor Northam announced that all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible by April 18 to get the COVID-19 vaccine, ahead of the May 1 nationwide goal set by President Biden.
    • Everyone eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a or 1b who has pre-registered has either received an invitation to make an appointment or will in the next two weeks. The Virginia Department of Health is shifting allocations to local health districts that need help meeting demand in Phase 1. 
    • The pre-registration form at vaccinate.virginia.gov now allows users to update their records to indicate that they have already been vaccinated, to avoid receiving future reminder and appointment invitations.
    • With 4 million doses of vaccine administered so far in Virginia, more than one in three adults have received at least one dose and one in five adults are fully vaccinated. Virginia is administering vaccine doses as quickly as they are provided by the federal government.
    • Twenty-two of Virginia’s 35 local health districts have already started vaccinating essential workers in Phase 1c after providing appointments to everyone eligible in Phases 1a or 1b on the pre-registration list. Beginning April 4, districts that have invited everyone pre-registered in Phase 1c may invite members of the general public (Phase 2) who have pre-registered. Those at highest risk will continue to receive priority in the scheduling process.
    • Governor Ralph Northam announced several efforts aimed at increasing Virginia’s vaccinator workforce. Health care providers who are now authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia include but are not limited to dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, optometrists, and health professions students enrolled in an accredited Virginia program. Eligible providers may serve as vaccinators if they have the appropriate training and meet the supervision requirements. Eligible health care providers may register to volunteer as a COVID-19 vaccinator through either the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (for volunteers to help respond to a variety of public health emergencies) or the newly-established Virginia Volunteer Vaccinator Registry (for volunteers who only wish to serve as COVID-19 vaccinators). Approved vaccination providers may request volunteer vaccinator support. Last month, the Governor issued Third Amended Executive Order Fifty-Seven to provide additional flexibility for vaccinators.
    • A fifth Community Vaccination Center (CVCs) will open in Suffolk next week, following those in the Chesterfield/Petersburg, Danville, Portsmouth, and Prince William areas. These high-volume vaccination clinics are organized by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Virginia Department of Health in collaboration with local health districts; funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and operated by a turnkey contractor. FEMA has also opened a mass vaccination clinic in Norfolk as part of its Supplemental Allocation Vaccine Effort (SAVE) pilot program. Like local clinics, the CVC and FEMA sites are by appointment only, with invitations sent to eligible individuals on the statewide pre-registration list. Locations were selected based on an equity analysis to determine the communities with the most vulnerable populations and the greatest impact from COVID-19. Additional CVCs will open across Virginia in the coming weeks.
    • The most recent amendments to Executive Order 72 took effect April 1, including the increase in the limit on social gatherings from 10 to 50 indoors and from 25 to 100 outdoors. Limits for entertainment and public amusement venues remain at 30% occupancy, but the cap for indoor venues has increased from 250 to 500 persons, and the cap for outdoor gatherings has been removed. The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events has increased from 25 to 100 indoors, and from 250 to 500 outdoors, and remains limited at 30% capacity. Amended guidelines for business sectors are also available.
     

    Key Overview Points

    • Virginia is administering vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. All three vaccines are safe and virtually eliminate the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19. While there are a variety of differences between the three vaccines, the most important is that Johnson & Johnson only requires one dose rather than the two doses required by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. Vaccine brands are assigned to clinics based on logistics needs such as shipping quantities and storage temperatures, and not based on demographics or geography. A comparison fact sheet is available in English and Spanish.
    • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on March 8 about what people can do when they are fully vaccinated (which occurs two weeks after their final vaccine dose), and guidance on April 2 about travel by people who are fully vaccinated. The guidance notes that because public health researchers are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19, even people who are fully vaccinated should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Executive Order 72 maintains limits on social gatherings; the requirement to wear masks in public places; guidelines for businesses; and other provisions.
    • About a third of vaccine doses in Virginia are now being administered by retail pharmacy locations. These pharmacies are currently providing vaccination appointments to anyone eligible in Phase 1b, which includes people age 65 and older, people with high-risk medical conditions, and frontline essential workers. Pharmacies may expand to Phase 1c on April 11 and Phase 2 (general public) on April 18. Individuals interested in getting vaccinated at a local pharmacy may visit VaccineFinder.org to find eligible pharmacy locations, hours, phone numbers, and scheduling links where available. While many pharmacies have continued to work directly with local health districts to vaccinate vulnerable populations, some pharmacies have online scheduling for vaccine appointments.
    • public information toolkit is available to assist local health districts, localities, and community partners with graphics, talking points, frequently asked questions, and other materials.

     

    If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, please call one of the following numbers:

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255; Press 1

    If you think you have been exposed

    • Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
    • According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath
    Practice Social Distancing
    • Social distancing can help slow down the outbreak by reducing the chance of infection among high-risk populations.
    • The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    COVID-19 Testing Available in Northern Virginia
    • CVS Health has opened 39 new testing sites at drive-thru locations across the Commonwealth. Find a location near you by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2zXLtRk
    • You can find additional testing sites near you here.

    Resources for Residents

     

    Food Banks

    • For those facing food insecurity, please use this link to find a food bank near you: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/va-ashburn
    • If you would like to make donations to a local food bank, please call first to maximize “social distancing” when making your donation.

     

    Utilities

    • Verizon announced they will waive late fees and keep customers connected to their services if they are negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. You can find their announcement here.
    • Cox Communications will waive late fees and keep customers connected as well as expand their low-cost services for students and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find their update here

    Rental Rights

    • Virginia has launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development using $50 million in federal CARES Act funds. Learn more here.
    • Visit StayHomeVirginia.com for more information and resources on tenant rights.
    • If you are facing an eviction the Virginia Poverty Law Center is asking you to reach out to their Eviction Legal Helpline: 1-833 NoEVICT. The Helpline provides free advice from an attorney to any tenant in the state facing eviction, regardless of the tenant's location or household income. You can find other COVID-19 related legal rights information on the Virginia Poverty Law Center website here

    Employment

    • The Virginia Employment Commission will waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive unemployment insurance benefits as soon as possible. Additionally, the eligibility for unemployment benefits has been expanded, and workers who meet the following criteria will be considered for support:

      • Workers affected because their employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.

      • Workers who have been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer.

      • Workers who must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.

    • For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.

    Resources for Small Businesses

    Small Business Loans

    • As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 health pandemic, Loudoun Economic Development is providing support, programming and education to assist our business. Read more here: https://biz.loudoun.gov/COVID19/
    • The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds. Expanded business sectors now eligible to apply, include small hotels and bed and breakfast lodging facilities along with the film industry companies supporting production in the Commonwealth. Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. You can find more information here.

     

    For any other information or to reach Suhas, email Suhas at delssubramanyam@house.virginia.gov