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Gov. Jim Justice at Wednesday's COVID-19 press briefing.

Gov. Justice announces West Virginia to receive further increase in vaccine supply through pharmacy partnership

During today’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia will receive more vaccine doses than originally expected through the Federal Pharmacy Program, and will be able to offer even more COVID-19 vaccinations to West Virginians age 65 and older, as well as members of the state’s critical healthcare workforce.

On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia had partnered with Walgreens through the federal program and that Walgreens pharmacies across the state would soon begin receiving an initial allocation of up to 5,800 vaccine doses per week.

However, on Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that the projected allocation through the new partnership has been increased to 7,300 doses per week. A total of 73 Walgreens locations across West Virginia are set to receive 100 doses each for distribution. Appointments are required.

All appointments are going through the West Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System. West Virginians are urged to pre-register online or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line (1-833-734-0965) to get help pre-registering.

The Governor also added that, yesterday, he and members of West Virginia’s pandemic response leadership team were informed that President Joe Biden’s administration is committed to delivering more vaccines to all states.

“It’s looking like, soon, West Virginia will be getting more vaccines from the federal government, and when we do, we are ready,” Gov. Justice said. “We continue to bombard them with information on how well we’re doing with our vaccine distribution in West Virginia, and we continue to bombard them with requests for more and more vaccines.”

Additionally Wednesday, Gov. Justice warned residents that the West Virginia Fusion Center recently discovered the unauthorized sale of COVID-19 vaccines on various websites.

“You should not attempt to purchase a vaccine online,” Gov. Justice said. “Vaccines are not authorized for sale through any marketplace and should be reported to the COVID hotline or to law enforcement.

“Please do not buy anything claiming to be the COVID vaccine from the internet,” Gov. Justice continued. “If you buy something online, who knows what it could be. It could be a vial of water. It could be something else that you could get in trouble with. It’s just not worth it.”

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Justice reported that West Virginia remains among the national leaders in the rate of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.

As of Wednesday morning, 6.2 percent of West Virginia’s entire population has received both doses of the vaccines. West Virginia has the highest rate of fully vaccinated residents of any state in the nation, with only two other states completing vaccinations on at least 5 percent of their residents so far.

To date, West Virginia has administered 223,850 first doses and 111,457 second doses, totaling 335,307 doses administered overall statewide.

The clinics are available for West Virginians who are 65 years of age and older. Residents from any county in West Virginia may access an appointment at any of the vaccination clinics listed, regardless of their county of residence.

West Virginians age 16 and older are urged to pre-register online or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line (1-833-734-0965) to get help pre-registering.

Pre-registering in the system does not automatically grant users access to a vaccine appointment. Rather, users will receive a message from the system when there is a vaccine available. When that occurs, users will be notified by text, email, or phone call to set up an appointment.

Additionally Wednesday, Gov. Justice reported that there is now just one church-related outbreak in all of West Virginia. The outbreak is in Fayette County and accounts for six cases, down from 14 such church-related cases on Wednesday.

There are now 42 outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state, down from 45 such outbreaks on Wednesday.

The Governor also reported that there are now 52 inmate cases across the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) system, up from 50 on Wednesday. The inmate cases include 29 at Southern Regional Jail and 16 at North Central Regional Jail. Meanwhile, there are now 15 active staff cases across the DCR system, down from 22 as of Wednesday. To view the latest DCR case update, click here.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Justice provided an overview of the 51 counties across the state that have free testing events scheduled through the Governor’s Aggressive Testing initiative.

This testing is available to all residents, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required. Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address, to help in returning test results. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Click here to view all locations, dates, times, and more details.

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