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Glenville State College employees continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Glenville State College President Mark Manchin receives a first dose of the vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus from a staffer at the Minnie Hamilton Health System. (Photo Provided)

GLENVILLE — Employees at Glenville State College are receiving vaccinations for the COVID-19 coronavirus to help slow the spread of the pandemic, the school said Thursday.

Vaccine initially was made available to the college just after Christmas.

“With the arrival of these COVID-19 vaccines on campus and in our Gilmer County community, it feels as though we are seeing some light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Many of our employees, myself included, have already taken advantage of this vaccination opportunity and others will follow,” college President Mark Manchin said. “Of course, this also reminds us that we must continue measures to control the spread of the coronavirus such as wearing masks, social distancing and so on.”

Employees were surveyed at the end of December to determine their interest and availability in receiving the vaccine. Results of the survey were used to schedule appointments with employees who met age and health criteria.

The initial group of employees received the first round of vaccines the week of Dec. 28 and more have continued in the new year. The vaccines require two doses to boost efficacy and follow-up appointments will be scheduled so employees can receive that second dose.

Staff from Minnie Hamilton Health System have been assisting the college with the vaccinations. More than 90 individuals will have received the first dose of the vaccine by the end of next week.

As additional doses of the vaccine are made available to the institution, GSC will work with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and local health officials to facilitate expanded distribution.

“Glenville State’s vaccination effort is the result of collaboration between the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and Minnie Hamilton Health System,” Provost Gary Morris said. “The teamwork between our campus and these institutions should serve as a model for how communication and supply distribution can work in the future across the state.”

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