It’s a hurdle many across the country are facing: a shortage of interpreters at COVID-19 vaccine sites. Now, the Central Shenandoah Health District is making efforts to help those who do not speak English as a first language.
“We’ve been seeing a high burden of disease in our region since the beginning of November. So, yes, the holidays were a concern and they are affecting our cases numbers, but this is due to behavior that has been happening since really the fall,” Laura Lee Wight said.
Harrisonburg City Public Schools will hold a work session to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The town hall is focused on educators but will be streamed to the public who may have the same questions.
In the past 48 hours, the Virginia Department of Health has reported more than 17,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, and the experts say the recent holiday travel season is not the only thing fueling the high case numbers.
The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.
According to a press release from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, as of Tuesday, January 12, Virginia hospitals have administered more than 175,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines so far.