Coronavirus Updates

Gov. Justice expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Coronavirus in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says more West Virginians with pre-existing medical conditions are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the governor, all West Virginian adults over the age of 16 will be able to get the vaccine with certain medical conditions.

WV COVID-19 Vaccination Program Phase 2-A from Gov. Jim Justice’s COVID-19 press briefing (March, 15, 2021)

As a result, vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians age 16 and older with any of the following pre-existing medical conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes Mellitus 
  • Chronic kidney disease 
  • Heart disease 
  • Immunosuppression 
  • Lung fibrosis 
  • Blood disorders 
  • Liver disease 
  • COPD 
  • Neurological disorders
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • Chronic infectious disease like HIV

These are in addition to the pre-existing conditions or situations Gov. Justice previously announced as vaccine-eligible:

  • Down syndrome
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caretakers
  • Caretakers of those with congenital or acquired disease
  • Organ or bone marrow transplant
  • Obesity (BMI > 35)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Cystic fibrosis  
  • Pregnancy

The governor also announced all essential workers of all ages will be vaccinated. All West Virginians who wish to be vaccinated are still encouraged to pre-register at vaccinate.wv.gov to help schedule the earliest possible appointment.

Gov. Justice added that, starting next week, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, large health system clinics, and primary care clinics will begin offering vaccines to their own lists of recipients to ensure that all West Virginians who want a vaccine are able to be vaccinated as expeditiously as possible.

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