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Vaccinations set for today in Upshur

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department has received a shipment of between 150 and 180 vaccines for the 80 and over population in Upshur County as the number of active cases in the county hit a record-high.

Vaccines are to begin being distributed today at 9 a.m., according to a press release from the department. The vaccines will be given to those who had already called and were on a list first. Health department staff called those individuals and gave them an appointment time.

Any new people wanting vaccines should call the health department at 304-472-2810 for an appointment or to get on the waiting list.

If the vaccine runs out, any remaining names will be contacted and placed on the list for the next shipment of vaccines, according to the release.

Those coming to the health department at their scheduled appointment time are asked to remain in their vehicle until a health department staff member speaks with them. Additional parking is available at the Upshur County Senior Center.

Sue McKisic, nurse director at the health department, said in the release, “We do not know dates of vaccine delivery until just a few hours prior. We are doing our best to get this vaccine out to our senior population.”

The news of the vaccine doses came as Upshur County’s COVID-19 active cases hit 280 Wednesday morning with the department’s 9:30 a.m. report. There have now been seven confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Upshur County. Since the pandemic begin, there have been 1,083 confirmed cases, 27 probable cases and 823 recovered cases.

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