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School reopening, COVID-19 vaccines, and security focus of governor's update

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 18:45:42-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam discussed security surrounding the Presidential inauguration, updated COVID-19 guidance for reopening Virginia schools, and Virginia's vaccine distribution plan during a news briefing in Richmond.

The news conference came a day after Northam revealed he would "quickly" move forward with expanding the vaccine to people 65 and older, a recommendation made Tuesday by federal Operation Warp Speed officials.

Right now in Virginia, the health department reports over 215,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while over 27,000 have been fully vaccinated.

The seven-day average for doses administered is close to 12,000.

Northam said his first goal is to reach 25,000 vaccinations a day if supply allowed.