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Gov. Northam announces vaccine requirement for state employees

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 10:23 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - Governor Ralph Northam delivered an update on matters related to the coronavirus in the commonwealth on Thursday, August 5.

The governor started by saying cases are rising again in Virginia due to the Delta variant. Northam said a large majority of those who are catching COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

“Cases are rising again, and so are hospitalizations,” Northam said. “The only way we can beat this virus is vaccination.”

Northam said all state employees need to be vaccinated by September 1. Those who don’t will need to be tested weekly.

“The time for waiting is over. Millions of people have been vaccinated and we are fine,” Northam said. “Delta is different than the COVID strain, it can make people sicker and faster. The only way we can beat this virus is by vaccination.”

Northam says Virginia is currently seeing an average of 13,000 people a day getting a vaccine shot.

“There is no reason we need to see more suffering and sickness. Not when safe, effective, free vaccines are readily available at your local pharmacy, at the grocery store, at your doctor’s office, at the health department, at lots of places in every community,” Northam said.

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