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Health district won’t have enough Pfizer vaccine for all children 5-11, prioritizing ‘high risk’

The local Blue Ridge Health Districts expects to begin immunizing children between ages 5-11 within two weeks — but there won’t be enough of the smaller pediatric doses for all area kids.  At least not right away. “We’re asking for a little patience in the beginning,” Dr. Denise Bonds, director of the Blue Ridge Health […]

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In her bid for a fifth term on Charlottesville School Board, Leah Puryear says she brings experience and commitment to empowering children

Leah Puryear has served as a member of Charlottesville School Board for more than 15 years. She decided to run in 2006 after a troubling encounter at a school board meeting. “There was a presentation I wanted to hear,” Puryear recalled. “A group of children came out and they happened to know who I was. […]

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Lisa Larson-Torres wants to continue equity work in second term on Charlottesville City School Board

Lisa Larson-Torres knew when she was elected chair of the Charlottesville City School Board in January 2021 that the job would be difficult — she just had no way of knowing how difficult. When she took the position, City Schools was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months later, Larson-Torres led the […]

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City officials wrestle with how to pay for a long-anticipated new $75 million middle school

Charlottesville city leaders are preparing to dig deep in the city’s budget — and raise local taxes — in order to build a new $75 million middle school within the next five years. The City Council this week gave the green light for the school division to finalize its plans for the new, state-of-the-art facility […]

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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 to […]

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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 […]