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Waynesboro High School and families celebrate graduating seniors with parade

Waynesboro High School, together with families, celebrate graduating seniors with a car parade in downtown.

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  Senior Statesmen recap the latest Virginia General Assembly session

SAW Habitat for Humanity building more homes a year using modular

UVA Health scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ages 12-15

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

  US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

  Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

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  Vaccine passports and summer travel: What we know

  COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out

VDH: 668,147 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 10,934 deaths

  Panel suggests WHO should have more power to stop pandemics

Augusta Health vaccine clinic update: hospital will not administer vaccine to 12-15 year olds until CDC approval

  Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville encourages people to get vaccinated

  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.

  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.

  Kids may soon be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Kids may soon be lining up outside of the the UVA Health’s vaccination center at Seminole Square. The FDA recently granted an extension of the authorization to administer the Pfizer vaccine to kids ages 12 to 15.

  Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

Virginia restaurants face new challenges at brink of full reopening

Over 6.8 million vaccines adminstered in Va. | More than 35% Virginians fully vaccinated

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

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

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

  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.

UVA Health addresses breakthrough COVID-19 cases

A University of Virginia doctor says breakthrough cases should not discourage people from getting vaccinated, because they are so rare.

BRHD, UVA Health, and Charlottesville Fire team up to roll out in-home vaccinations

Many homebound people with limited mobility could have trouble getting to and from their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, so the Blue Ridge Health Department is stepping up with a new partnership program.

  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.

Central Shenandoah Health District teams up with schools to give COVID-19 vaccines

The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is teaming up with school nursing staff in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County this week to give out vaccines to students with consent from parents or guardians.

  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.

  Doctor says vaccinated mothers pass antibodies onto their baby while breastfeeding

Babies are very vulnerable to diseases in their first few months, that’s why a doctor at UVA Medical Center is telling her patients to give your baby that extra layer of protection and get vaccinated while pregnant and breastfeed your baby after it’s born.

  69% to 75% of adults in Charlottesville and Albemarle County have gotten one dose of vaccine

University of Virginia doctors say more than half of the adults in the area are fully vaccinated and the numbers keep climbing.

AARP warns of vaccine survey scams

AARP is warning Virginians about fake surveys regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

  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.

  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.

Brooks Family YMCA in Charlottesville to increase capacity of in-person activities

The Brooks Family YMCA in Charlottesville will soon allow group activities and exercise to members.

  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.

VCU poll shows majority of parents are willing to have their children vaccinated

A majority of Virginia parents are willing to have their children vaccinated for COVID-19, according to a poll conducted by the Research Institute for Social Equity at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  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.

Northam to lift all capacity limits on June 15 if COVID-19 cases keep going down and vaccinations are up

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news briefing in Richmond with information on the status of COVID-19 cases, vaccine progress, and a reduction in restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

UVA Health’s pop-up COVID-19 vaccine site canceled for May 7

UVA Health has cancelled the pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Friday on the Downtown Mall.

  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.

  Brewery and farm in Augusta County commits to zero food waste

A brewery in the Shenandoah Valley recently received accolades from Governor Ralph Northam and Senator Mark Warner for its sustainable practices, specifically keeping tons of food from going to the landfill.

  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.

  Why doctors say their relationship with patients is crucial to getting people vaccinated

For many people, it’s helpful to have conversations with the doctors they trust because of years of building a relationship - their primary care physicians.

Augusta Health to welcome walk-ins at COVID-19 vaccine clinics as supply allows

In Augusta Health’s latest COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic update, the hospital says walk-ins will now be welcomed for vaccination clinics as supply allows.

Legal groups call on Staunton Council to rethink public input options

Several legal groups are now calling on Staunton City Council to reconsider the public’s ability to remotely attend meetings and speak virtually. They cite concerns with holding up the first amendment and complying with disability laws.

  BRHD: Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine time slots available

You can now just show up to the former JCPenney store in Albemarle County for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. The change went into effect the week of May 3.

Walmart and Sam’s Club offer walk-up COVID-19 vaccines across Virginia

Walmart and Sam’s Club have announced COVID-19 immunizations are now available to customers and employees in their 149 pharmacies across Virginia.

VDH working with school division and pediatricians to get COVID-19 shots to children

If approved, the state vaccine coordinator says it’s possible to see those between 12 and 15 getting a Pfizer vaccine by the end of next week.

  Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine in May

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine currently has emergency authorization for use from the FDA.

  Family claims flight home denied after son with autism couldn’t wear mask

The family says they had to drive home in a rental car. What should have been an hourlong plane ride turned into a nearly six-hour drive.

  Staunton Sheriff’s Office announces new K-9 deputy

On Monday, the Staunton Sheriff’s Office announced the arrival of its new K-9 Deputy, and she’s a puppy. They are looking to Staunton’s Elementary students to help name her.

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

Once you get one type of vaccine, will you have to get the same one forever?

The short answer is yes. UVA Infectious Disease Doctor Bill Petri explains why that keeping the same vaccine matters.

  COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

In the U.S., the average number of new cases per day fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, and nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.

  Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said it was with “heavy hearts” that they decided to call off the festival.

  Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin

Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

  India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections.

  Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

First weekend with changes to Virginia’s outdoor mask mandate

In Virginia, the governor changed his outdoor mask mandate this week, allowing those who got shots in arms to gather in small groups without a mask.

  US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September

The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.

  Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow.

  Disneyland reopens as California emerges from virus depths

Disneyland is reopening after a 13-month closure.

Nearly half of adults in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co. fully vaccinated, supply outpacing demand

Roughly 45-50% of adults in Albemarle County and Charlottesville are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus according to UVA Health.