Mid-Ohio Valley vaccination efforts continue
PARKERSBURG — More than half of Pleasants County’s 80-and-older population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department spokeswoman said Thursday.
During a clinic Thursday at the Pleasants County Library, 165 members of that demographic received their second doses of the inoculation against the novel coronavirus, said Carrie Brainard, threat preparedness coordinator for the department.
While that was happening, another 500 people were scheduled to receive initial doses of the vaccine at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies, State Police troopers, firefighters and other first responders were receiving first or second shots at the Health Department office in downtown Parkersburg, Brainard said.
On Saturday, second doses of the Moderna vaccine are scheduled to be administered at the West Virginia Army National Guard Armory and Readiness Center in Williamstown. Those will go to the first people to receive the vaccine in Wood County, including the 50 inoculated during the Health Department’s initial effort downtown on Jan. 3 and the first clinics at the armory on Jan. 9 and 10.
Appointments for Thursday’s clinic at WVU-P were made from the Health Department’s stand-by list, Brainard said. The state has taken over registering people for vaccinations, but the department has enough names from the local list to fill slots “for probably the next two weeks,” she said.
The local and state lists have not been merged yet, Brainard said, but that is expected to happen soon. Once the lists are merged, the date and time a person registered will still be reflected, she said.
When people register for the state list, they will be notified that they’ve been added, Brainard said. But some people remain uncertain whether they made it onto the local list before it stopped taking names.
Brainard said the department has volunteers checking the list and trying to let people know if they are on it. But she said the department cannot take calls to confirm if names are on the list because it would divert personnel from scheduling vaccination appointments.
Vaccination clinics are planned in each of the six counties — Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie and Roane — the department serves next week, with more information expected to be posted on the agency’s Facebook page over the weekend.
West Virginians can pre-register for vaccinations online at vaccinate.wv.gov. Those already placed on a list by a local health department or other medical provider do not need to pre-register, nor does anyone who has already received their first dose.
Folks who cannot register online can call the Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 to get help with pre-registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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