This Week from Del. Matt Fariss

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred this week in the House of Delegates.

I’ve heard from many of you that you’re frustrated with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rest assured, you’re not alone. My colleagues have heard the same thing. We’re working to get more information as quickly as we can, and we’re putting pressure on the Governor to come up with a plan that works.

Many of you have asked what’s gone wrong. As best we can tell at this time, the Governor’s team decided to use the Department of Health and local Health Districts to administer the vaccine in many cases. That’s just not a workable solutionlocal health departments don’t have the manpower or expertise to vaccinate that many people quickly.

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