RICHMOND— Governor Ralph Northam updated the Virginia mask mandates to better align with new CDC guidance. While Virginia’s mask mandate allows for people who are fully vaccinated to not wear a mask in most settings, the Governor’s Executive Order does not require proof of vaccination.
Anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Masks will still be required in the following settings, regardless of vaccination status:
Businesses also retain the right to require masks. Private businesses are free to determine how they want to address the wearing of masks on their premises and the Virginia Department of Health will not be responsible for enforcement of a private business’ mask policy.
Additional updates will go into effect on May 28 with the Governor’s Executive Order 79.
EVERYONE (age 12 and over) should now get a COVID-19 Vaccine!
***When scheduling a Pfizer vaccine appointment for anyone under the age of 18, remember that an adult must be present to sign a vaccine consent at both the first and second dose appointments.
On Wednesday, May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the CDC approve Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15. As a result, Blue Ridge Health District is now vaccinating anyone 12 years and older!
Blue Ridge Health District has a website for all things relating to Covid-19 in the Blue Ridge Health District, vaccines, testing, data, etc.:
Pre-registering is no longer required. For information about how/where to get a vaccine, go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA for more information. If you don't have a computer, call and the staff will be able to answer any questions by phone.
Walk-in VACCINE Appointments Available in the area at multiple locations- Find Covid 19 Vaccines locally here .
Simply enter your zip code to find current local sources for vaccines.
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