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Vaccine clinic still on despite weather

ELKINS — Despite the concerns of wintry weather conditions throughout the area, today’s COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center will go on as scheduled, officials said.

The clinic will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and all the vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Anyone who is unable to travel to the clinic due to inclement weather will be rescheduled for the next clinic date.

“We want to protect the safety of all persons, so please do not travel if the weather or roads are bad,” said Vaccination Clinic Coordinator Chad Ware. “The local call center will contact those who do not arrive today and we will reschedule anyone who could not attend.

“The vaccine not used today will be stored. If persons were to receive their second dose of the vaccine, they will have to wait. According to the CDC, the second dose can be administered up to six weeks, or 42 days, after the first.”

Another large shipment of vaccines is expected to arrive in Elkins next week. All the vaccinations are done by appointment only and are pulled from a list distributed by Everbridge.

Coronavirus numbers in Randolph County dropped to its lowest total in months this week as the total number of active cases in the county fell to double digits at 57. The total number of active cases the week before was 109.

Just three weeks ago the number of active cases in Randolph County was 147, which was down from 207 the previous week. The total number the week before that was 245.

The state as a whole has seen much improvement with COVID-19 cases the past few weeks. As of Monday, there were 11,683 active cases in West Virginia, which was a down 25 percent (15,557) from the week before and 60 percent (29,257) from Jan. 10.

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