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West Virginia governor drops age to 70 and older for vaccinations

Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday morning announced the age for vaccinations for the virus for residents will be lowered from age 80 and older to age 70 and older.

Speaking at his pandemic briefing, Justice said the goal is to get to 65 and older as soon as possible.

“We’re going to follow the (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines as soon as I know we have the vaccines,” the governor said.

The announcement follows an announcement on Tuesday about 14 free vaccination clinics this week across the state including Wood County on Thursday for residents 80 and older. The Mid Ohio Health department on its Facebook page this morning said it has just learned about the governor’s and CDC recommendations for releasing the vaccine to 70-plus year olds.

The health department, which began taking appointments at noon, later on its page said it has been contacted by the state vaccine task force and doses for Thursday will be open for 70-plus year olds, updating a statement issued earlier today. When the appointments are filled, the department will not take names for a wait list, the department said.

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