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Gov. Justice at Friday's COVID-19 briefing. / Photo courtesy governor's office

Gov. Justice announces weekly vaccination clinic site opening in Cabell County

CHARLESTON — During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, along with various community partners, is opening a regular COVID-19 vaccine site in the old Sears building at the Huntington Mall.

Cabell-Huntington Health Department officials plan to host clinics at this location on an ongoing, weekly basis to serve the Cabell County area.

Once vaccine supply allows for it, this site will be able to administer up to 3,000 vaccinations per day.

“This is a great example of how we work together with our community partners,” Gov. Justice said. “Of course, I spent a lot of time at Marshall, so I’ve got many, many ties to the area, and I could not be more proud of what’s going on there. It’s good stuff. Way to go everyone.”

The Governor was joined during the briefing by Cabell-Huntington Health Department Physician Director Dr. Michael Kilkenny, who discussed the new clinics and ongoing vaccination efforts in Cabell County.

“I first want to thank Dr. Amjad and Secretary Crouch. But we especially thank you, Governor Justice, for the work that you’ve done to make this site available to us,” Dr. Kilkenny said. “We’re set up and ready to start vaccinating next week.

“We’re just really excited to have this great facility, which is scalable and will allow us to vaccinate from the amount of vaccines we have today to any amount that you can secure for the state of West Virginia and send down to us,” Dr. Kilkenny continued, also thanking community partners including Cabell County EMS, Marshall University, Valley Health, Mountain Health, Marshall Health, and the City of Barboursville.

Last month, Gov. Justice announced that WVU Medicine would be implementing a similar “Superhub” clinic at the Morgantown Mall, and said that he hoped to see more counties begin to utilize this type of vaccination model across the state.

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