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MOVHD: COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only

PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is administering COVID-19 vaccinations to first responders but another clinic for Wood County residents age 80 and older is still being prepared.

That event is in the planning stages, said Carrie Brainard, the department’s threat preparedness coordinator, and will be announced online and in local media soon. But some older residents in recent days have come to the department’s office on Sixth Street in downtown Parkersburg in hopes of receiving the vaccine.

The first doses for seniors 80 and older were administered Sunday at a drive-through clinic in the Health Department parking lot. Only 50 doses were available for the event, which was scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Cars began lining up hours in advance, with hundreds backing up traffic downtown.

Brainard said the department is working on logistics for the next Wood County event, but it will not be another first-come, first-serve affair.

“It’ll be appointment only,” she said.

That’s the format for vaccination clinics planned for today in Pleasants County and Friday in Wirt County.

Residents of those counties can call for appointments at 304-485-7374 and use extension 107 for Pleasants and 181 for Wirt. They are asked not to leave a message but instead call back if they don’t get an answer at first.

The department initially had 50 doses for Wood County and 10 for each of the other five counties it serves – Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane and Wirt. More is on the way, Brainard said.

“We find out weekly how many we’re getting and what we’re getting,” she said.

Brainard said people cannot get on a list for vaccinations simply by showing up at the Health Department. They will need to schedule appointments, and the process to do that will be announced along with details about the clinics.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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