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West Virginia leads the nation in Vaccine distribution

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GREENBRIER COUNTY W. VA. (WVVA) - Over the past weeks, West Virginia has been hosting vaccination events for the 80 and older population, which has lead to the Mountain State leading the way in vaccine distribution.

In Monday's press briefing, Governor Jim Justice announced the vaccination numbers.

So far, over 92,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, and more than 13,000 people have now received both the first and second dose of the vaccine.

Governor Justice said these numbers show that per capita, the state is leading the way for vaccine distribution.

"You know, West Virginia, the net net, the whole thing is one thing and one thing alone, West Virginia is the very best state in the country at least in these life saving shots and getting them in people's arms," said Justice.

Stephen Baldwin, the chairman of the greater Greenbrier COVID-19 task force, said another reason for vaccination success so far is that local leaders are doing their part to have the vaccinations available now, rather than waiting.

"The state level folks have decided to go small, and so instead of waiting on a big chain pharmacy to do it all for us," said Baldwin. "For example, they decided we're going to do this ourselves using our health departments, using local pharmacies, and small medical providers."

Even though people are getting vaccinated more quickly, case numbers are also rising throughout the state.

West Virginia leads other states for most cases weekly per capita, but Governor Justice said the state will keep distributing vaccines, which will continue with the elderly population.

"The bottom line to the whole thing is we need to keep pumping as hard as we can to get shots in the arms of people and not in some warehouse somewhere," said Justice.

In order to keep distributing those vaccines, Greenbrier County will be one of 14 counties across the state that will be distributing those vaccines.

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