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Hanover County Middle Schools’, Chickahominy Health District to hold Pfizer vaccine clinics for students

Hanover County middle schools will be partnering with the Chickahominy Health District to host Pfizer vaccine clinics for students.

Va. Senate Republicans call on Gov. Northam to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions

  Anti-Olympics protest in Tokyo as COVID-19 outbreak worsens in Japan

More than 7.1 million vaccine doses administered | Over 3.2 million Virginians receive first dose

  Glimmer of hope seen in India, but virus crisis not over yet

  Target ends face mask requirements for fully vaccinated staff, customers

RPS to hold vaccine clinic for students age 12+ at George Wythe

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  Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

  CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

  Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools

  Florida’s amusement parks loosen pandemic mask requirements

  CDC: Schools should require masks until end of school year

  Restaurant owners ready to hire as state mask mandate is lifted

  Louisville bar owner asks fully vaccinated customers to show proof to go maskless

Businesses are coming up with new plans after mask mandates by the CDC changed for fully vaccinated people.

  Northam lifting mask mandate; capacity, social distancing restrictions to end May 28

Governor Ralph Northam is lifting the mask mandate for those who have been vaccinated starting at midnight.

UVA Health: people will have to weigh personal risk when choosing to wear a mask or not

Doctors at the University of Virginia are applauding the CDC for its new guidance, but say it is going to be up to the individual to weigh their personal risk.

  States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

There is no easy way to determine who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. The new CDC guidelines essentially leave it up to people to do the right thing.

  Decrease in COVID-19 testing as vaccinations continue

  Walmart drops mask requirement for vaccinated customers, employees

Kroger stores will continue mask requirement

  Study: Mixing COVID vaccines causes side effects

  Disney CEO says attendance caps at parks being raised

  Japan expands virus emergency ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Virginia Senate Republicans call on Gov. Northam to end mask mandate

The Virginia Senate Republicans are calling on Governor Northam to end the state’s mask mandate.

  Delta CEO to future hires: No jab, no job

While the company will “strongly encourage” current employees to get vaccinated, new hires will be held to a higher standard.

  Fully vaccinated can drop the masks, skip social distancing

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Bill Maher taping canceled after host’s positive virus test

HBO said in a statement that Bill Maher was fully vaccinated and is “asymptomatic and feels fine.”

  ‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues.

  Chief of teachers union is ‘all in’ on full fall reopening

Most schools have less than a month left before they release for summer break.

  Some proms are back, with masks, testing and distancing

School districts across the country are weighing whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school careers.

  State-run community vaccination clinics to offer Pfzier vaccine to 12-15 years old starting Friday

Starting Friday, state-run community vaccination centers will offer up the Pfizer shot to this new group.

  Just how dirty is your mask? It’s probably filthy

Your mask is probably filthy, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's unhealthy.

  Amazon seeks to hire 75,000; offers $100 to vaccinated hires

Amazon didn’t say if it is having trouble finding workers, but other companies have said they are as Americans start heading out again.

  EXPLAINER: How COVID-19 vaccines will work for kids in US

A government advisory committee recommended Pfizer’s vaccine for children 12 and older on Wednesday, after the Food and Drug Administration expanded authorization of the shots to the age group earlier in the week.

  Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September.

  US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

Doctors who are ready to vaccinate their own kids want other parents to line up, too.

  Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

The debates have been emotional and highly divisive around the country, in some cases leading to the involvement of police.

All Richmond-Henrico Health District COVID-19 vaccine locations will allow walk-ups

The Richmond and Henrico Health District announced all vaccination events will allow walk-ups.

  Vaccine passports and summer travel: What we know

The truth is, we know very little about vaccine passports or how proof of vaccination will affect international travel.

  COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out

Burnout and fatigue are such a concern that some practices are hiring counselors to support their weary staffs.

  Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics

A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.N. health agency should be granted “guaranteed rights of access” in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks.

HCA Virginia hospitals honor COVID-19 patients during butterfly release

Two HCA Virginia hospitals honored COVID-19 patients during a butterfly release.

  Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

A handful of cities started offering shots to children ages 12 to 15 on Tuesday after the Food and Drug Administration gave the vaccine emergency use authorization for that age group.

GRTC reports 72nd COVID-19 case

The employee was last at work on May 5.

  VCU nursing students run COVID-19 call center for hospitalized patients

A call center was created inside VCU School of Nursing to give students a chance to help COVID-19 patients prepare for their road to recovery outside of the hospital.

  Dracula’s castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs

Romania’s Bran Castle is purported to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s home in Bram Stoker’s 19th-century gothic novel “Dracula.”

  COVID poll: Americans going out more, wearing masks less

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds more Americans went out to eat last week than at any other time during the pandemic.

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 proves effective, researchers say

Researchers say that wastewater testing has proven effective in finding new cases of COVID-19 congregate living settings.

  Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday.

  COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be free, official says

David Kessler, the chief science officer, made that statement in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

  Scores of dead bodies found floating in India’s Ganges River

Images on social media of the bodies floating in the river prompted outrage and speculation that they died from COVID-19.

  McDonald’s changing its coffee cups to promote COVID-19 vaccines

McDonald's plans to promote COVID-19 vaccines with redesigned coffee cups.

  US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge

U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate, amid an anticipated surge in the country’s dropout rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

Just 11% of people who remain unvaccinated say they definitely will get the shot, while 34% say they definitely won’t, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That leaves a large swath of Americans in the middle who might still roll up their sleeves.

  Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

US expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving way for children as young as 12 to get shots.

  States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

States are pushing the unemployed to return to work to help businesses large and small find the workers they need to emerge from the COVID-19 recession.

  80% of Americans live within 5 miles of all 3 COVID vaccines

Nearly 80% of people live within five miles of all three vaccines, according to an analysis by VaccineFinder.

Free COVID-19 testing events in Richmond, Henrico for May

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming free COVID-19 testing events for the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts in the month of May.

  Parents fight college students’ suspension over lack of off-campus face coverings

The students parents' say their suspension meant they forfeited the entire semester’s grades and $16,000 in tuition.

More than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases reported, 1,000 deaths confirmed in 7 days

The Virginia Department of Health reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 1,000 additional deaths in the last seven days.

  People celebrate Mother’s Day in person amid drop in COVID-19 cases

People in the Richmond area celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday amid a drop in COVID-19 cases around Virginia.

  Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

Vax Live was one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the coronavirus pandemic roiled the world more than a year ago.

  States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

More than 150 million Americans — about 57% of the adult population — have received at least one dose of vaccine.

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no ‘magic bullet’

The U.S. has kept a tight lid on exports of American-made vaccines so it can inoculate its own population first.

  EU agrees to potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted that her office “has just approved a contract for a guaranteed 900 million doses” with the same amount of doses as a future option.

  NYC still storing COVID-19 victims in refrigerated trucks

The city’s medical examiner’s office said Friday that 750 bodies are being kept in long-term storage in refrigerated trailers at a Brooklyn pier while family members sort out plans for their final resting places.

  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

The decision by a WHO technical advisory group — a first for a Chinese vaccine — opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the U.N.-backed COVAX program in coming weeks or months and distributed through UNICEF and the WHO’s Americas regional office.

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

That gives Pfizer and German partner BioNTech a shot at winning the first full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  Pressure rises for India lockdown; COVID surge breaks record again

Many medical experts, opposition leaders and even Supreme Court judges are calling for national restrictions, arguing that a patchwork of state rules is insufficient to quell the rise in infections.

  Gov. Northam to lift capacity, social distancing measures next month if cases keep dropping

Governor Ralph Northam says if coronavirus cases continue to drop across the commonwealth, he will lift all capacity and social distancing measures on June 15.

  Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

Some employees have left the restaurant industry for good amid the perils of the pandemic, which exposed workers to the coronavirus and uncooperative patrons.

  Support grows for IP waiver on virus vaccines; snags remain

The move to support waiving intellectual property protections on vaccines under World Trade Organization rules marked a dramatic shift for the United States — and drew cheers from activists, complaints from Big Pharma, and a lot of questions about what comes next.

  Moderna: Vaccine boosters likely needed every 9-12 months

Moderna says vaccine recipients will likely need a booster for new variants.

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters.

  Richmond-area restaurant owners experience sticker shock on increasing cost of chicken

Blame it on the pandemic, blame it on more people turning to chicken these days, but it's all turning into sticker shock when we're purchasing poultry.

  Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

Canada is the first country to authorize Pfizer for ages 12 to 15. The U.S. and the European Union are also reviewing it.

Elderly woman dies from COVID-19 in Nebraska, despite being vaccinated

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized more than 14 days after completing a vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.

  What COVID-era travel changes are likely here to stay?

The pandemic has changed the standards for working on the road and cleanliness on airplanes.

  ‘GetVax’: Text for locations to get COVID vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that nearly 148 million people have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 106 million fully vaccinated.

  COVID’s US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases have been plummeting since January.

  Are Biden’s COVID vaccination goals doable?

Biden is focusing on three areas to increase vaccination rates.