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200 vaccinated in Elkins Wednesday, 300 set for today

ELKINS — Residents lined up for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday at the Phil Gainer Community Center.

A total of 200 vaccinations were done Wednesday, and another 300 are scheduled for today at the center.

All appointments for today are now filled, but another vaccination event is expected in Randolph County next week, Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, said. Once the details are announced residents can begin calling for appointments, she added.

“We got 500 doses from the state, but we didn’t have 500 appointments at first,” Woodrum said. “(Davis Medical Center) stepped in and made appointments for today, and the Randolph County Senior Center had already made the appointments for Thursday.

“The hospital volunteers did a great job today and it just went like clockwork,” she said, noting that Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that residents 70 and up were now eligible for vaccinations helped fill up Wednesday’s appointments.

“Thank goodness,” Woodrum said. “We want to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible.”

She stressed that county officials do not know exactly when the next shipment of vaccine will arrive, but that information and other details will be provided to the public as soon as they are known.

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