Friday, December 1, 2023

COVID-19 roundup: Here’s what you missed this week

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke virtually with William & Mary President Katherine Rowe and Student Assembly President Anthony “AJ” Joseph on Thursday, Feb. 18. (WYDaily/ Screenshot courtesy of William & Mary)

Virginia has seen delays in vaccine shipments due to winter weather that hit the Mid-Atlantic region and much of the nation at large, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

The delays affect both the vaccine itself and ancillary supplies that come with each order,” according to a VDH news release on Thursday. “The vaccine and ancillary supplies are produced in multiple locations throughout the country using several hub connections to deliver vaccines directly to providers. Two percent of Virginia’s providers are seeing delayed ancillary supply kits.”

The weather conditions have also impacted some vaccination events.

VDH assured any events that may have been postponed due to weather conditions or lack of supplies would be rescheduled, as shipments should return to normal once the severe weather passes.

Meanwhile, more Virginians are getting registered for vaccination via a new state-wide vaccination registration portal and call center launched this week.

“At the peak, the new site was getting 300 registrations per minute and it averaged 150 registrations per minute,” Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted at a news conference Wednesday touting the new system.

Northam also noted Virginia had, as of Wednesday, administered 1.4 million doses and was slated to receive 130,000 first shots from the federal government this week.

In a virtual community conversation with William & Mary President Katherine Rowe, and in response to a question posed by Student Assembly President Anthony “AJ” Joseph, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expected college students would be able to get the vaccine by May.

This was a revision of his earlier estimate of April.

“If you consider not the college students who have an underlying condition, but an otherwise healthy, 20-year-old college student, the chances of that person getting a vaccine likely will not be until early May, mid-May, late May,” Fauci said.

Fauci explained the revision was due in part to delays in the availability of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Here are some recent COVID-19 headlines you may have missed:

COVID-19 vaccine updates

Government restrictions/closures


Relief programs

The latest numbers for the Peninsula Health District, which includes the Historic Triangle, are below, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard:

Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle as of Friday, Feb. 19, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Screenshot courtesy of VDH)

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