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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin shakes hands with his cabinet before delivering his State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the General Assembly inside the House chamber of the State Capitol Building in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)
Virginia Republicans Continue Working to Restrict Reproductive Freedom

Restricting or outright eliminating reproductive rights has emerged as a top priority for Virginia Republicans in 2023’s legislative session.

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What If Your Doctor Saw Your Real-Time Health Results? In Virginia, That’s Possible!

The at-home patient monitoring option will allow six community health organizations throughout the commonwealth to keep track of select patients’ weight, blood pressure, and temperature, without having to step foot in the office. The at-home patient monitoring option will allow six community health organizations throughout the commonwealth to keep track of select patients’ weight, blood pressure, and temperature, without having to step foot in the office.

First lady Jill Biden speaks as she tours a health facility Friday, July 1, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Biden was promoting COVID-19 vaccines for small children (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
COVID Vaccine Rates Creep Amid Youngkin’s Continued Anti-Mandate Approach

The rate of fully vaccinated Virginians hasn’t risen by an astronomical amount since Youngkin took office on Jan 15. The vaccine slowdown isn't just happening across Virginia – it's a nationwide trend.

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo, a doctor holds a vial of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in his Chicago office. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
More Than 25% Of Virginians Unaware Of Preventative Cancer Vaccine

A new study conducted by the UVA Cancer Center and VCU's Massey Cancer Center found that more than 25% of Virginians were unaware of the HPV vaccine.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, seated center, signs a bill that bans mask mandates in public schools in Virginia on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
SB 739 Making Masks Optional In Virginia Passes, Effective By March 1

School divisions across Virginia will have to redo their COVID-19 mitigation strategies to comply with the newly-signed state law.

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Here to Help: Virginians Seek Expansion to Youth Mental Health Services

Voices for Virginia’s Children reported that during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 25% of American high school students noted worsened emotional and cognitive health.

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To Mask or Not to Mask Is the Question—But Is Youngkin’s Executive Order the Answer?

Both the CDC and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) still recommend that children wear masks.