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More vaccines coming to W.Va.

Photo Provided West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Wednesday makes a point during a pandemic update. More vaccines are coming to the state including through the Federal Pharmacy Program in cooperation with Walgreens, he said.

CHARLESTON — West Virginia will receive a higher allotment of vaccine through the Federal Pharmacy Program, according to the governor.

The state will receive 7,300 doses, higher than the 5,800 announced on Monday through the federal program with Walgreens for older residents and essential workers, Gov. Jim Justice said on Wednesday. A hundred doses of the vaccine will be distributed to each of 53 Walgreens in the state, he said.

West Virginia is receiving more dosages because of the success of its vaccination program, Justice said.

The state is going to beat the virus and will show the world how to do it, Justice said.

“Then they can run the West Virginia play,” he said.

Vaccination clinics were scheduled in all counties this week. James Hoyer, director of the state interagency vaccine task force, cautioned residents about weather conditions affecting vaccination clinics.

The governor also warned residents not to purchase vaccines online. The West Virginia Fusion Center has discovered such attempts and Justice said vaccines are not sold from online sources.

The buyer doesn’t know what is being sold, Justice said.

“Who knows what it could be. It could be a vial full of water,” Justice said. “It could be a vial full of something else.”

Also, there is no consideration at this time from health experts to ease restrictions intended to stop the spread of the virus, such as masks or limitations on crowd sizes, Justice said. Variants of the virus have been found in bordering states, Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus czar, said.

“I don’t want people to drop their guard,” Justice said.

In the meantime, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Tuesday announced West Virginia will receive another weekly increase of 1,400 vaccine doses in addition to the 7,300 doses through the Federal Pharmacy Program.

“This is the third consecutive dosage increase for West Virginia and I am very pleased that the Biden Administration is following through on the promise to quickly increase vaccine production,” Manchin said.

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