District 34 Update October 29, 2021

Happy Halloween! It’s going to be a long spooky season if Democrats don’t hold our majority in the House of Delegates. Election Day is Tues, Nov 2nd. Thanks to the Democratic Majority in the General Assembly, Early Voting is open today and Saturday. On Tuesday Nov 2nd - Polls open 6AM-7PM.

Find your Election Day polling location and Drop Off boxes at iwillvote.com/va

Once you have made your plan to vote, make sure your friends, family and neighbors have a plan to vote. My team and I have been hard at work knocking doors and getting the word out. 

On Wednesday, I attended a rally in Sterling with Senator Cory Booker, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Dorothy McAuliffe and many of my fellow Delegates. 

This past week I presented a Commending Resolution to Priscilla Martinez at the ADAMS Center. Priscilla is a community activist who has worked tirelessly for racial justice and to improve interfaith relations in the Commonwealth. 

Below you will find the latest District 34 updates and COVID-19 resources. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have at DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov.

Sincerely,

Delegate Kathleen Murphy

 

 

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Safe Halloween

To have a safe Halloween celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials recommend outdoor trick-or-treating in small groups and discourage any indoor parties.

Read the guidance at loudoun.gov/safehalloween

 

Booster Doses of J&J and Moderna Vaccines

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has authorized local health districts to begin administering booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain individuals as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

In addition, the CDC and VDH have approved a “mix and match” approach to boosters, allowing people to receive a different brand of vaccine for the booster dose than what they received in their initial vaccine series. For example, someone who received the one-dose J&J vaccine could receive either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as a booster.

October 22: Booster doses are now available in Fairfax County for all brands of the COVID-19 vaccines for certain recommended populations. More information.

October 23: Booster doses are now available in Loudoun County for all brands of the COVID-19 vaccines for certain recommended populations. More Information

 

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11

The FDA received the recommendation of its independent advisory panel to expand the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTECH COVID-19 vaccine to include children ages 5 to 11. Following FDA’s recommendation, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet this coming Tuesday, Nov. 2 to evaluate the findings and consider authorization.

The FDA recommendation grants some 28 million children nationwide, including approximately 97,000 children in the Fairfax Health District, eligibility for vaccination.

The pediatric dose is 1/3 the amount given to those 12 years and older. However, despite the lower dose, vaccination trials have shown that children ages 5 to 11 produce similar antibody levels as adults who received the higher dose. The pediatric dose requires two doses spaced 21 days apart.

 

How to Get Children Vaccinated

The vaccine will be available through pediatric and family medical practices, as well as local pharmacies and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center. In addition, the Health Department will provide COVID-19 vaccine to children by appointment only. Since it is a different dose, it is not interchangeable with the COVID vaccine used for 12 years and above.

Until the vaccine is authorized for the 5-to-11-year-olds, appointments will not be accepted for this age group. 

Once CDC grants authorization, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s medical provider to make an appointment or go to www.vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment at a local pharmacy or the Health Department. Families interested in getting their children vaccinated at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center will be able to schedule their child’s appointment at vase.vdh.virginia.gov.

The Virginia Department of Health has additional, up-to-date information on the background and details for the vaccination planning for children ages 5 to 11.

 

FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing

In support of our commitment to safety, FCPS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing in schools. FCPS will test at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent, which follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Screening testing for students will begin:

Note: Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool.

Parents may provide their child(ren)’s vaccination status and indicate consent via a secure online portal. More information, including links to the online portal, will be available soon.

Test results are kept confidential, like all medical records. Parents/guardians will receive their child’s test results through the vendor’s online portal. There is no cost to families for testing.

Get all the details about COVID-19 testing here.


 

Urgent Need for Blood Donations in NoVA 

Give blood at an upcoming Inova Blood Drive – when you donate blood, you save lives. 

Visit www.inovablood.org or or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES to schedule an appointment.

The entire process takes about an hour and a single blood donation can help save up to three lives.
 

 

Redistricting Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors authorized a public hearing on November 9 to consider proposed redistricting plans.

These plans propose new local election districts for the Board of Supervisors and School Board, and after the new districts are adopted, they will be in place for the next 10 years.

In June, the Board of Supervisors appointed a 20-member Redistricting Advisory Committee to recommend new electoral maps. The group reflects the county’s diverse population, and it includes representatives from the African-American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and Arab-American communities. There were 64 plans submitted in total by the committee and the public, and these plans may be reviewed through an online dashboard.

For information on how to provide written, phone, video or in-person testimony, visit the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors website.

 

Upcoming Events

Door Knocking for Democrats in McLean

When: Sat 10/30, Sun 10/31, Mon 11/1, E-Day 11/2

Join Senator Favola on Sat, Sun, & Monday at our 12pm shift!

 

Door Knocking for Democrats in Vienna

When: Sat 10/30, Sun 10/31, Mon 11/1, E-Day 11/2

 

Door Knocking for Democrats in Sterling

When: Sat 10/30, Sun 10/31, Mon 11/1, E-Day 11/2

Join Delegate Murphy at our 3pm shift on Sun!

 

Phonebank for Democrats

When: Sat 10/30, Sun 10/31, Mon 11/1, E-Day 11/2

Where: Online

 

Virtual Breast Cancer Tea Party

When: Sat 10/30 @ 9-10AM

Where: Online