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A note from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department: How to get on the list for a COVID-19 vaccine

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department regarding its weekly schedule and how to get on the list for the COVID-19 vaccine per Governor Jim Justice’s current guidelines.

To the citizens of Upshur County:

Here is the scheduling for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department currently.

To get on the list for a vaccine:

  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., calls will be taken through Upshur County DHSOEM at 304-472-4983, and your name will be placed on a waiting list.
  • On Wednesdays, the health department will be calling patients who are on the waiting list and eligible to receive a vaccine per the governor’s guidelines as of Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and putting them on an appointment list.
  • On Thursdays and Fridays, we will be conducting vaccine clinics for whatever age group we are in at the time. Pleas note: the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department will be CLOSED to any other business transactions, and our phone lines will be silenced. Again, please contact Upshur County DHSEM at 304-472-4983 to be placed on the waiting list for the next week.

In a statement, the health department wrote, “We understand your frustration, but to pull off a successful vaccine clinic, we must pre-plan, this is the best way to deal with the ever-changing guidelines.”

“We never know how many doses of vaccine we will be getting, so if you are told there is no vaccine here, that is correct. We never know the time of delivery, so we cannot answer specific questions,” the release adds.

A note to licensed professionals, chiropractors, Supreme Court personnel, dentists, elected government (city and county), eye doctors, physical therapists, etc.: When your group is eligible for vaccine, you will obtain your vaccine from a pharmacy. We are not aware of what pharmacy you will be using; that information should come from your Licensure Board or Governing Board.

“We are doing our best to serve our community, we need your assistance for a flawless approach,” the release says. “In the last three days (including Friday 01/08/2020) we will have given 225 doses of vaccine to the groups we have been instructed to vaccinate. It has taken 10 people to do this, and we have had to enlist the help of others, as we do not have that many staff.”

Our vaccine clinic went smoothly on Thursday 01/07/2021; there were no long waiting times, no traffic jams, no reactions to the vaccine. We need your cooperation to accomplish these tasks. Please adhere to the above scheduling that is currently in effect.

Stay safe,

Sue McKisic, Upshur-Buckhannon Nurse Director

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