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Protecting Most Vulnerable First

It’s rather amazing when you think about it: the first COVID-19 vaccine shots became available in early December; now, three months later, nearly 200,000 West Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while another 100,000 residents have received the first shot.

That’s 300,000 of the state’s residents that have at least some protection to COVID from the vaccine, which as a percentage of the population is among the best in the nation.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is now providing insightful information into how the vaccine is being distributed. Of those fully vaccinated, about 100,000 come from the age group of 65 and older. That’s the group most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Of those partially vaccinated, 70,000 come from the 65 and older group.

That’s a remarkable number for a state that has among the highest ratio of residents over 65 in the nation.

But as Dr. Clay Marsh told us last week, now is not the time to become complacent. West Virginians need to continue to get the shot, wear their masks in public and respect each other’s distance.

Together, we can continue to keep our most vulnerable residents safe.

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