Health districts continue to advocate for COVID-19 vaccine ahead of holidays

This comes after more cases were reported following Thanksgiving

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ROANOKE, Va. – Local health leaders are urging people to be cautious about the spread of COVID-19 going into the holiday season. This comes after most localities in southwest Virginia saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.

As the Virginia Department of Health continues to track and learn more about the omicron variant, they are advising people it’s better to be safe than sorry while spending time with their families.

[Virginia sees 3,135 new coronavirus cases, now reporting 1,006,245 statewide]

“There are a lot of uncertainties, but what isn’t uncertain is that these vaccines—while imperfect—are our best tool to prevent serious outcomes associated with COVID-19,” said Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are also working with local businesses to encourage vaccination or frequent testing for their employees.

About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.