Virginia state police troopers patrol the United States Capitol the evening of Wednesday, January 6. With an order from Governor Northam, Virginia State Police were among the first to arrive in Washington, D.C. to help protect the Capitol and restore peace following the violent insurrection.
WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2021
Governor Northam Deploys Virginia National Guard and State Police in Response to Violence at U.S. Capitol, Will Support D.C. Security Efforts Through Inauguration Day
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  • “The violence we saw at the U.S. Capitol was nothing short of an armed insurrection and a humiliating assault on American democracy,” said Governor Northam. “When elected leaders purposefully reject facts and fan the flames of conspiracy theories, all in pursuit of power, they are taking dangerous steps. And now we are seeing where those steps can lead. God forbid we experience anything worse. Let me be clear: Virginia will be there for as long as it takes to protect our nation’s capital and ensure the peaceful transfer of power.”

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Governor Northam Announces New Steps to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery, Appoints Dr. Danny Avula to Lead Statewide Vaccination Program
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  • “Getting Virginians vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to end this pandemic, rebuild our economy, and move our Commonwealth forward,” said Governor Northam. “By setting clear goals and appointing Dr. Avula to spearhead our vaccination program, we will have a clear vision of how this effort—the largest public vaccination campaign in modern history—is progressing. I plan to get vaccinated when my turn comes, and I encourage Virginians to do the same.”
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In Line with Governor’s Directive to Speed Up Vaccine Distribution, 11 Local Health Districts to Gradually Begin Vaccinating Individuals in Group 1B Starting Next Week
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  • “This is one way that we are increasing flexibility to help get shots in arms as quickly and safely as possible,” said Governor Northam. “These 11 health districts have made significant progress administering the vaccine to Group 1A, and next week they will start vaccinating Virginians in Group 1B, which includes people aged 75 and older, congregate settings, frontline essential workers, teachers, and first responders.”
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Governor Northam Orders U.S. and Virginia Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor U.S. Capitol Police Officer and Northern Virginia Resident Brian D. Sicknick
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  • Officer Sicknick was killed while doing his job—defending those trapped in the Capitol building amid a violent attack on our democracy, said Governor Northam. His death is a tragedy, and those responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. My prayers and those of the entire Commonwealth go to his family, his loved ones, and his fellow officers who work every day to protect the seat of American democracy from those who would seek to destroy it.

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Governor Northam and Dr. Anthony Fauci Discuss Health Equity and COVID-19 Vaccines During Virtual Event with Virginia Interfaith Leaders
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  • As a doctor myself, I have been so grateful to Dr. Fauci for his steady, science-based, factual leadership during this pandemic, said Governor Northam. Getting people vaccinated against COVID-19 is our only real way out of this pandemic. We must get a large majority of the population vaccinated, and the sooner the better. Faith leaders are trusted in their communities and will be strong partners in getting the word out that these vaccines are safe, and that people should take them.
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