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Local Heroes

The Randolph County Mass Vaccination Clinics offered at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins were great successes, and last week the volunteers who worked so hard to make them operate smoothly were honored — as was the leader who oversaw the clinics.

Chad Ware, of Davis Health Systems, has been the vaccination clinic coordinator and has consistently publicly praised the army of volunteers who have staffed the events.

On Thursday, those volunteers returned the favor and honored Ware on the day of the final clinic.

Ware was honored with a certificate from all of the volunteers that have worked at the clinics, and also received a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Jim Justice.

After the ceremony for Ware during Thursday’s clinic — which is the last one scheduled — an appreciation picnic was offered at the center to honor all the volunteers who have worked during the last several months at the clinics.

All the hard work by volunteers at similar clinics have made a huge impact across the state.

In West Virginia as of Tuesday, 645,160 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 555,684 residents have been fully vaccinated.

In the United States as a whole, 108,301,234 people have received at least one dose, while 63,016,976 people are fully vaccinated.

We salute everyone who has helped get the vaccines to the public. Each of you deserves praise for your efforts.

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