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Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022

Get ready! Omicron booster shots should be available in the Charlottesville area “sometime this week,” health officials say.

The newly approved Pfizer Bivalent Boosters, designed to vaccinate against the two most prevalent COVID-19 variants currently circulating in the United States, has not yet arrived in the local Blue Ridge Health District. Health district officials say they will likely receive the first doses Wednesday and begin offering the boosters by the end of the week.

A select number of local pharmacies will also receive boosters, though as of Tuesday it was unclear which ones.

The health district will post information on where it will offer the booster shots on this website. You can also check this website for local pharmacies offering the vaccine.

Here’s more news for this week:

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Credit: Tristan Williams/Charlottesville Tomorrow

Six monkeypox cases are confirmed in the Blue Ridge Health District, but there aren’t enough vaccines for everyone eligible

“It’s a very limited amount of vaccines we’ve received and administered,” said Kathryn Goodman, a spokesperson for the Blue Ridge Health District.

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Credit: Tristan Williams/Charlottesville Tomorrow

With just six bus drivers, more than 3,000 Charlottesville City Schools children are making their own ways to school this year

“A lot of parents are freaking out right now,” said Noelle Dwyer.

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Our reporters are building community, in and out of the newsroom

Meet Tamica Jean-Charles, local journalist — and also a Charlottesville newcomer who is bringing local people together.

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Jessie Higgins, Managing Editor

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