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W.Va. leads nation in vaccination rate, but supply issues loom

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) West Virginia's vaccination rate is leading the nation, giving more of its residents the shot than any other state. But could national supply issues bring that progress to a halt?

According to Dr. Ayne Amjad, the next round set to arrive is the second dose for those who have already had the shot.

"We don't have a lot of vaccines available. People want them and the federal government is allotting X amount of doses and we just don't have enough for the need that's out there."

According to Gov. Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia, the state has been able to secure more of the vaccine in recent weeks by getting them to residents faster. "The only way I can get the federal government to up our numbers is to get them in people's arms right now."

Dr. Amjad said the state is making a lot of progress on several fronts. West Virginia is nearly finished with administering the second dose for residents in nursing home facilities and making considerable progress in the vaccination of teachers.

But with one Presidential administration getting ready to take over for the next, she said there is still a lot in limbo.

"It'a matter of supply and demand that's affecting the entire country. We're on multiple calls to get more, but it's just not available right now. President-elect Biden said he's going to change things up with the distribution plan and we are hoping those things come true."

In the meantime, Dr. Amjad said she and her team are doing everything they can to secure more.

"We're hopeful. We're asking them for more repeatedly. And it's just a matter of time. We hope that the new administration will push more to the states as they have been saying on TV."

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Annie Moore

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