$1.5 million approved to fund Virginia Beach vaccination efforts

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jan 19, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The City of Virginia Beach is continuing with its COVID-19 vaccination process. It was discussed during city council's special meeting on Tuesday evening.

The agenda included multiple redevelopment issues, but councilmembers also talked about making the vaccination clinics a priority. Members voted 11-0 to approve a $1.5 million allowance for a vaccination initiative.

As proposed, the city will pay for facility usage, equipment and staffing for the clinics. The Virginia Department of Health will provide the vaccines and assist with the coordination efforts.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Vice Mayor Jim Wood said, “The key to small business success, the key to good mental health, the key to all of this stuff is to return to normal, and we don't return to normal until we get people vaccinated. That's the bottom line. It's no secret the state of Virginia has done an extraordinarily poor job on rolling out the vaccine, where Virginia Beach has done an extraordinarily good job.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health told News 3 another clinic is planned for Thursday at the convention center and that it’s to complete vaccinating the 1A priority group, which is healthcare workers. On Tuesday, reservations were not full, so they allowed some 1B school employees to receive the vaccine as to not waste any of the supply.

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