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Justice opens COVID-19 vaccine clinics to residents aged 70+

UPDATE 2PM: Vaccine clinics for residents 70+ will begin next week, according to the West Virginia National Guard.

"With vaccination clinics currently scheduled at least a week in advance, this weeks allocations for vaccinations is currently allotted for the 80+ residents with the process continuing next week with 80+ age group and transitioning to the 70+ as need is met," Maj. Josh Polling said in a statement to WVVA. "We encourage residents to reach out to clinics as they are announced in their region to ensure if there is room, they can assume that vacancy."

Stick with WVVA for further developments.

WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) - West Virginians aged 70+ can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Jim Justice announced during his Wednesday press briefing.

"We’re going to drop the age from 80 to 70," the Governor said. He added that this age group can get their shots at the vaccination clinics scheduled for this week.

"As our Operation Save our Wisdom continues to ramp up, I would encourage all West Virginians that are - now - over the age of 70 take advantage of this life saving vaccine," he said.

The Centers for Disease Control recommended Tuesday that states administer the vaccine to anyone 65 and older. Justice says the state will follow that guidance as early as next week.

"Next week, if we continue to push - as quickly as we know we’re going to have that significant amount of vaccines that will give us the ability to go to 65, were going to 65 [years old]," Justice said. "So we're going to follow the CDC guidelines as soon as I know we've got the vaccines."

The Mountain State received 34,960 additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, Justice added. He says those will be administered as soon as this weekend.

“We have additional vaccines coming next week," he said. "We are continuing to push the US HSS and we are pushing them hard.”

Stick with WVVA as we continue to monitor this developing story.

Jade Burks

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