Monday, August 15, 2022

Youngkin and Department of Health Encourage Virginians to Get Vaccinated

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has released public service announcements that encourage Virginians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Glenn Youngkin YouTube Channel)

STATEWIDE — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have released public service announcements encouraging all Virginians who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The PSAs are part of Youngkin’s COVID-19 Action Plan. He maintains that he does not believe in mandating the vaccine, but he does agree that it plays a vital role in helping to save lives.

“I have always been a strong advocate for everyone to get the vaccine. We know that the vaccine is the best protection against severe illness as a result of COVID-19. I have made the choice to get vaccinated and encourage everyone to join me in doing that, but ultimately it is a personal decision to do so,” Youngkin said. “After a heartbreaking pandemic, getting vaccinated can insure that there are better days ahead for Virginia.”

Other parts of the Governor’s pandemic plan include putting resources towards vaccine education and outreach as well as getting vaccines to disproportionally unvaccinated communities.

Youngkin also states in his plan that he will host and attend COVID-19 vaccine events across the Commonwealth. Click here for the full copy of the COVID-19 Action Plan.

According to the latest data from the VDH, just over seventy percent of Virginians who are eligible are considered fully vaccinated (this is either two weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and two weeks following the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Within the Historic Triangle, almost three-quarters of James City County residents are fully vaccinated, with York County close behind at just over seventy percent. The City of Williamsburg is currently pacing at just over 53 percent.

For more information on where to get the vaccine, go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages.

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