Governor Northam's COVID-19 Briefing - 1/6/2021
- Governor Northam appoints Dr. Danny TK Avula to lead Virginia’s vaccination program.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci will join Governor Northam on Friday at 3:00pm for a question and answer hour.
- Virginians can join through the Governor’s social media channels.
- Governor Northam stresses the importance of continuing to social-distance and wear a mask, even as the vaccine is being introduced in Virginia.
- Case numbers across the country are almost four times higher now than they were at the perceived “peak” of the virus in Spring of 2020.
- All guidelines for face coverings, businesses, and restaurants remain in place.
- So far, about 115,000 Virginians have received their first dose of the vaccine, with about 2,000 having received their second dose.
- In order to vaccinate the 8.5 million people in Virginia, about 17 million shots will need to be distributed.
- Two injections per person
- Currently, Virginia is receiving about 110,000 doses of the vaccine each week.
- This includes both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
- This works out to about 14,000 doses being distributed each day, an initial goal that has been met throughout the past 3 weeks.
- The next goal is to distribute 25,000 doses each day.
- This will depend on the consistency of the vaccine supply chain.
- Once this goal has been met, the next will be 50,000 per day, until all Virginians have received the vaccine.
- Governor Northam asks healthcare providers to distribute as many of the COVID vaccines as they can.
- “If there are vials in freezers, give out shots until they are gone.”
- Doses will be allocated based on usage, meaning that places that have not used all of their supply from a previous shipment, will get less doses in the next.
- Data related to allocation of the vaccine will be made public.
- This information, as well as resources regarding distribution sites and registration, will all be available on the VDH website.
- People who are most at risk will be the first to receive the vaccine.
- Group 1A: Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, and EMTs), and those who live and work in long term care facilities.
- Group 1B: Top essential workers (Firefighters, police officers, teachers, grocery store workers, transit workers, mail carriers, food and agriculture workers, adults 75+)
- Group 1C: Other essential workers (Food service, transportation, utility workers, adults 65+, adults ages 16-65 with high-risk medical conditions)
- These high priority groups make up over half of Virginia’s population, and have been chosen with the goal of helping as many Virginians as possible return safely to work.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 377,300
- New in the last 24 hours: 5,387
- Total deaths: 5,226