Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response • Have you downloaded COVIDWISE, Virginia's COVID-19 exposure notification app? Add your phone to the fight here. For up-to-date information, assistance, and resources from across state government, click here.
WHEREAS, protecting Virginians from vaccine-preventable diseases is critical to ensuring our Commonwealth remains healthy and safe; and
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of vaccines and their importance of protecting Virginians; and
WHEREAS, postponed vaccines could cause the reemergence of certain viruses and diseases and further exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, vaccine-preventable diseases in Virginia affect people from all backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, until young children are fully immunized, they remain particularly vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases; and
WHEREAS, vaccines are proven to be an exceptionally safe method in preventing disease, as they are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored to ensure continued safety; and
WHEREAS, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers across the state are working hard to ensure youth can still receive the wellness visits and immunizations they need; and
WHEREAS, adolescents should receive their flu vaccine every year, and especially this year to help reduce flu activity in the Commonwealth and ease stress on the healthcare system when both viruses (SARS-CoV-2 and Flu) will be circulating; and
WHEREAS, Virginians should receive their flu vaccine every year, and especially this year to help reduce flu activity in the Commonwealth and ease stress on the healthcare system as we simultaneously combat the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, Immunization Awareness Month is intended to increase public knowledge, acceptance and use of vaccines, and encourage all vaccines to be administered, whether due or overdue, according to the recommended CDC immunization schedules; and
WHEREAS, Virginia strives to protect all its residents, both young and old, from preventable diseases;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2020 as IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.