Vaccine rates lag, but virus is not going away

Vaccine rates lag, but virus is not going away

By Taylor Boyd and Debbie Hall Less than a month after the state of emergency ended, the entirety of Southwest Virginia is struggling to vaccinate its residents, according to West Piedmont Health District (WPHD) public information officer Nancy Bell. Virginia’s state of emergency status, in effect since March 2020, ended June 30 due to a decline in COVID-19 cases, Bell said. Currently, about 62 percent of Patrick County’s population remains unvaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website. Data suggests that 38 percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. Vaccine rates also lag in other localities, Bell...

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