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Scientists at UVA believe they have found the key to creating a universal coronavirus vaccine

Right now, a handful of scientists around the world are trying to create a universal vaccine that would protect against this — and all future — coronavirus pandemics. The problem they face is that viruses are constantly mutating. It’s a simple technique they use to outfox immune systems. As the immune system learns to identify […]

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UPDATE: Local health district is taking appointments for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots

COVID-19 booster shots received final federal authorization on Thursday.The approval is limited to people who are 65 and older, people with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying if they contract COVID-19, and people whose jobs put them at increased risk of exposure.The federal agencies say those […]

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Final approval on COVID vaccine booster shots may be coming later this week

While the Virginia Health Department continues planning to roll out long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine “booster shots,” it now appears those shots will only be available to certain higher risk individuals. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday voted to authorize boosters of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals 65 and older and those who are […]

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Without enough bus drivers, teachers, school staff and community members are shuttling children to school — and there’s no immediate end in sight

Weekday mornings in Charlottesville begin with a city-wide scramble to get children to school. Because of a massive bus driver shortage, the bus system that serves Charlottesville City Schools is operating at just over 40% capacity. It’s about to get a little better: Following a major push to hire more drivers, that capacity should jump […]

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The local health district curtails contact tracing and expands testing as COVID cases relentlessly climb

Local cases of COVID-19 are now so high that the health district said it’s unable to complete contact tracing for all positive cases — and it’s struggling to keep up with the burgeoning demand for tests. The Blue Ridge Health District announced on Friday that its investigators may be unable to contact “every positive individual […]

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Charlottesville city manager fires police chief

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney has been fired. City Manager Chip Boyles announced Wednesday evening that he had terminated Brackney’s employment contract in a brief statement, saying only that he is looking for “new leadership direction in the department.” “We will start the search for our next Chief immediately,” said Boyles in the statement. “We […]

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UVA Health mandates its 2,000 unvaccinated employees to receive COVID vaccines as local community transmission levels become ‘high’

UVA Health plans to require its nearly 2,000 unvaccinated employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1, or face possible termination. The health system announced its new vaccine mandate last week, just days after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer vaccine and local COVID transmission levels rose from “substantial” […]