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On February 14, 2022, Governor Glenn Youngkin released a public service announcement with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encouraging Virginians to get vaccinated as part of his COVID-19 action plan. Although Governor Youngkin does not believe in the obligation of the vaccine, he believes that it is an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19.

“I have always been a strong advocate for everyone to get vaccinated. We know that the vaccine is the best protection against serious illnesses resulting from COVID-19. I made the choice to get vaccinated and I encourage everyone to join me in doing this, but ultimately it’s a personal decision to do so,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said. “After a heartbreaking pandemic, getting vaccinated can guarantee May better days ahead for Virginia.”

“Vaccines work and we commend Governor Youngkin for sharing these very important messages. Most people hospitalized with COVID-19, especially those with severe symptoms, are not vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, please get vaccinated. It could save your life,” said Acting Health Commissioner Colin M. Greene, MD, MPH.

Governor Youngkin’s COVID-19 Action Plan includes a new prioritization of resources toward vaccine education and awareness, including increased efforts in disproportionately unvaccinated communities. The plan also includes efforts to hold additional COVID-19 vaccination events across the state and increase the number of mobile vaccination units that serve rural communities. Currently, there are approximately 1400 vaccine events across the Commonwealth.

Unvaccinated Virginians remain at high risk of severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. VDH recommends that people 12 years and older receive booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Local health departments sponsor vaccination events each week in Virginia communities, while VDH also has a mobile unit program that transports the COVID-19 vaccine to areas with difficult access. Community vaccination centers (CVCs) have also been opened in nine locations in Virginia since October.

Statewide, 90% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 80% of adults are fully vaccinated. Statewide, 70% of the population is fully immunized, but in many parts of Southwest Virginia, the percentage is below 60%.

To find a vaccination event near you, contact or visit your local health department’s website; to schedule a vaccination appointment at a CVC, pharmacy, or other location, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7 -1-1). Support is available in English, Spanish and over 100 other languages. Walk-ins are welcome at CVCs, but appointments are encouraged.


Aurora J. William