Statewide Emergency Declaration Ends but Pandemic Still Not Over

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Provided by Prince William Health District

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, even though Virginia’s Emergency Declaration ended on July 1, 2021.

Vaccines are the best defense against COVID-19. Public health officials strongly encourage those individuals with a weakened immune system or who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear face masks indoors where COVID-19 can spread quickly, and also in crowded settings.

Virginia state law does prohibit wearing a mask to conceal a person’s identity. According to Virginia Public Health Officials, this DOES NOT prohibit Virginians from wearing a mask to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 even though the emergency declaration has ended.

Another reason to get the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is that these vaccines appear to protect against the Delta variant, which is now in Virginia, and all fifty states. Being fully vaccinated offers protection against this variant that is rapidly spreading across the United States.

To find COVID-19 appointments, you can reach out to your healthcare provider, visit Vaccines.Gov or text your zip code to GETVAX (438829).


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