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Here are all the Charlottesville-area organizations offering Pfizer vaccines to kids ages 5-11

The first Pfizer vaccines for children between ages 5-11 will be available in the Charlottesville area on Saturday. The vaccine received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week. Multiple local organizations will have the pediatric dose, but health officials say supplies will be […]

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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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Charlottesville’s Assistant Police Chief Jim Mooney to retire immediately

Charlottesville’s assistant police chief, Maj. Jim Mooney, tried to retire in late August. As of this week, he officially has. After Mooney submitted paperwork to retire on Aug. 31, City Manager Chip Boyles fired police Chief RaShall Brackney the following day on Sept. 1 and announced that Mooney would remain in his role for the next […]

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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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Following dire climate predictions from the UN, Charlottesville youth activists pressure city officials to ramp up anti-climate change efforts

Dozens of local youth gathered at the Community Chalkboard (formerly the Free Speech Wall) midday Friday to pressure Charlottesville city government to fulfill their climate plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.  Activists present at the event had three specific demands for city council: Re-commit and take immediate action to meet the city’s unresolved climate […]

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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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A committee of area stakeholders will search for an interim police chief while the city hires a firm to search for a permanent replacement

Charlottesville City Manager Chip Boyles has announced the upcoming processes to replace former Police Chief RaShall Brackney, who he fired on Sept. 1.  A committee composed of area stakeholders will choose an interim police chief, he said. The committee is expected to include representatives from city council, Boyle’s office, the police department, the Police Civilian […]

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Boyles says that two CPD surveys influenced his decision to fire the police chief — here’s what those surveys say

The results of the two recent surveys of Charlottesville’s police officers were a factor in City Manager Chip Boyle’s decision to fire the city’s chief of police, Boyles said at a recent city council meeting. The termination occurred shortly after the Central Virginia Police Benevolent Association

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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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Commentary/Opinion: Charlottesville Police Department is not a systematically racist organization

I served in the Charlottesville Police Department from 1981-2012. During my thirty-one year career, I held the rank of patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. I want to push back on the false narrative I hear represented by the current mayor of Charlottesville and a small group of supporters: that the Charlottesville Police Department is […]