The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across the state. You may be wondering, “When will I be able to vaccinate myself and my family?” The Virginia Department of Health and medical experts from across the state partnered with 8News for a virtual town hall hosted by anchor Juan Conde on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The panelists provided answers and direction on Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine, distribution, myths and misinformation, registration response, guidance on health care, financial, educational and outreach resources.
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THE MEDICAL EXPERTS
Dr. Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Geriatrics and Palliative Care UVA Health
Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Coordinator
Dr. Cecilia Barbosa, Chair of the Health Committee for the Virginia Latino Advisory Board
Dr. Cheryl Ivey Green, Vice Chair, Virginia African American Advisory Board
Professor Cynthia Morrow, Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
Dr. Norm Oliver, State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
Dr. Cameron Webb, Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity serving the Biden Administration
Dr. Robert Winn, Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center
PREVIOUS TOWN HALLS
12/16/20: The Virginia Department of Health and medical experts from across the state joined 8News and anchor Juan Conde for a virtual town hall in December 2020 to answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
4/21/20: 8News hosted a virtual town hall with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam; Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; and Dr. Laurie Forlano, Deputy Commissioner of Population Health at Virginia Department of Health, in April 2020. Learn more
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- 69,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson are slated to arrive in Virginia by the weekend, according to the state's top vaccine program official.