COVERVA: A COVID-19 Booster Is Available for All Children Age 12 and Older

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For everyone age 12-17, the Virginia Department of Health recommends a Pfizer booster dose 5 months after their last Pfizer dose. For individuals 18 and older, a Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended:  5 months after their last Pfizer or Moderna dose 2 months after their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And – everyone 5 and older should complete their …

Dunnavant, legislature’s only medical doctor, votes to support unapproved COVID-19 medicine promoted by Trump

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Richmond Times-Dispatch Patrick Wilson 23 hrs ago Patrick Wilson The Virginia legislature’s only medical doctor supported a bill on Thursday aimed at encouraging health care providers to be allowed to prescribe drugs to treat COVID-19 that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that purpose. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, would have …

New Adult Dental Benefit for 750,000 Virginians

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Adults with full Medicaid benefits in Virginia now have access to more dental services and provider choices through DentaQuest. The new benefit began July 1, 2021. Covered dental services for adult Medicaid members with full benefits include: Cleanings, X-rays and exams Fillings and root canals Dentures Gum-related treatment Oral surgeries  And more!  Children and pregnant individuals enrolled in Medicaid, FAMIS …

New coalition calls for statewide board to control prescription drug costs

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Virginia, like other states, has struggled to regulate the pharmaceutical industry BY: KATE MASTERS – JULY 20, 2021 3:42 PM        A Publix pharmacy manager retrieves medication. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A new coalition is calling on Virginia legislators to create an oversight board aimed at lowering the cost of pharmaceuticals across the commonwealth. “We have formed because the problem is clear and it …

How Virginia plans to vaccinate middle and high school students

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By MATT JONES DAILY PRESS |MAY 13, 2021 AT 1:10 PM RICHMOND — More students will be able to get vaccines at schools across Virginia in coming weeks, state leaders say. Teenagers can get the vaccine at sites across the state after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided Wednesday to allow the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12. State-run centers will …

Virginia’s childhood vaccinations dropped in 2020

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Virginia’s childhood vaccinations dropped in 2020. Researchers worry it could be the next public health crisis Sabrina Moreno Jun 19, 2021 Virginia’s childhood vaccinations among kindergartners and seventh-graders in public schools last fall dropped below the 93% to 95% herd immunity threshold needed to prevent outbreaks, spurring concern among health officials over outbreaks of preventable diseases like mumps and measles …

Virginia General Assembly to Convene August 2

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Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 2   ~ Special session to address state budget, including the allocation of federal relief funding ~ RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on Monday, August 2. A special session is necessary to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in …

‘Not an ideal rollout’ – CVS brings more vaccine to Va., amid confusion, concerns about fairness and equity

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Michael Martz , Sabrina Moreno 16 hrs ago The leader of Virginia’s push to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 says the state was right to ask that people on health department waiting lists have priority for appointments to receive doses at 36 CVS pharmacies across the state through a federal initiative President Joe Biden announced last week. However, Dr. Danny Avula acknowledged that …