First-time, booster and flu vaccinations take center stage of WV Gov. Justice’s COVID-19 briefing


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Vaccinations, whether they are initial or booster shots for COVID-19 or the flu shot, were the main topic of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s virtual COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

Since the administration of Pfizer booster shots began on Friday, around 13,000 have been given out, state health officials said.

“We really, really need to be helping our hospitals,” and getting a booster shot will help, Gov. Justice said.

In terms of “first shot” COVID vaccinations, 9,400 additional shots have been given since Friday, a higher rate than in recent months, officials said.

So far, around 1,000 students in West Virginia schools have been diagnosed with COVID-19, Justice said. “There’s no telling how many kids are walking around with little to no symptoms,” he said, encouraging parents to get their children, who are eligible, vaccinated. “It’s really safe. Don’t take the chance(of children suffering from long-term effects of COVID),” Justice urged.

The governor also encouraged all residents, six months and older to get the flu vaccine, which can be taken at same time as COVID-19 vaccine, he said.

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