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West Virginia lowering age for vaccine eligibility

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia will begin targeting residents 50 and older for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday.

Also, teachers and service personnel from 40 to 50 years old and children and residents with health issues also will be included in the new emphasis of vaccinations, Justice said. Previously, the age was 50 and older in the schools.

More than a month ago the governor lowered the priority age to residents 65 and older for the vaccines, far ahead of any anticipated schedules. Residents 65 and older will remain a priority, in case they’ve been missed in the Save Our Wisdom vaccination initiative, according to Justice.

“We will still prioritize those who are 65 and above,” Justice said.

Residents can register for the vaccine at vaccinate.wv.gov. The state including the governor, the Department of Health and Human Resources and local health departments have been encouraging residents16-years old and older to register for a vaccination.

Residents also can call the West Virginia COVID-19 vaccine information at 1-833-734-0965 for help from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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