Gov. Northam to check on southwest Virginia vaccination during Friday visit to Roanoke


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam is set to pay a visit to the Roanoke Valley — more specifically, the mass vaccination site at the Berglund Center — on Friday afternoon.

“We have been in a long dark tunnel for 10 plus months,” Northam said. “And so, this vaccination is literally the light and the hope at the end of that tunnel.”

However, the event on Friday, Jan. 22, is a coronavirus vaccination clinic for employees of public and private K-12 schools within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District’s area, such as Botetourt County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem.

According to health officials, the goal of the event is to vaccinate 2,000 people.

The governor is set to visit the Berglund Center at noon on Friday.

In addition, the Berglund Center is set to host two more mass vaccination sites over the weekend for residents age 65 and older, but those 4,000 openings filled within hours of Carilion Clinic announcing the events.

The governor also visited another mass vaccination site in Richmond on Thursday, Jan. 21, during which time he outlined his vaccination goals for the Commonwealth.

According to Northam, he is aiming to have 25,000 people vaccinated a day.

“As we move forward, there is going to be a supply issue,” said Northam. “And so we need to make sure that, as we open more sites, like this one right here, and expand who’s eligible to come in for their vaccinations. we need to make sure that we have the doses in Virginia.”

So far, coronavirus vaccine clinics in Virginia are still not open to the general public.

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