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MOV Health Department: Weather shouldn’t hamper second COVID vaccine doses

Elite Motor Sales owner Steve Moore brushes snow from a vehicle at his lot on Washington Boulevard in Belpre Thursday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — Delays in getting a second COVID-19 inoculation because of this week’s wintry weather should have no impact on the vaccine’s effectiveness, a Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department official said.

“After the date that they’re supposed to get the second dose, we have six to eight weeks to get it taken care of,” said Carrie Brainard, threat preparedness coordinator for the Health Department. The initial date is “just the earliest recommended date.”

The vaccines the department has on hand have July and August expiration dates, Brainard said. While the Pfizer vaccine must be administered within 120 hours of being received, none of those were on hand this week, she said.

Snow caused a clinic slated for Feb. 11 at West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Early Childhood Learning Center to be rescheduled for Feb. 15. Inclement weather struck again, and the event was pushed to Monday, Feb. 22.

A clinic planned for Thursday was delayed until Feb. 25 after additional snow fell overnight on the ice left over from earlier in the week. Appointment times will remain the same, Brainard said.

Traffic waits to cross the Braun Road intersection on Ohio 7 on Thursday morning after the valley woke up to yet another day of ice- and snow-covered roads. (Photo by Art Smith)

Brainard said the department has gotten calls from people slated to receive their second shots next week. She asked for patience, saying planning for the upcoming week is ongoing and people who are due for a second dose will be notified of the schedule once it’s set.

“We will be making phone calls to them to let them know where to go and when to show up,” she said.

A Washington County Health Department clinic slated for Thursday at the Broughton Community Center on Ohio 821 was postponed until Monday because of the weather. Officials said appointment times will remain the same, and vaccinations already scheduled for that day will be given as well.

Despite conditions that led to the closure of area schools, authorities did not report any major accidents as of Thursday afternoon.

“We had a few people who were sliding off the roadway this morning,” a Wood County 911 Center supervisor said.

Butch Winans of Belpre uses a snowblower to clear his driveway on Brentwood Drive on Thursday morning. More than 3 inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday and the National Weather Service forecasts a chance of flurries today with temperatures in the high 20s. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

Sheriff Larry Mincks downgraded Washington County’s snow emergency from a Level 2 to a Level 1 on Thursday afternoon.

“People seem to be managing to get through,” he said.

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

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