WV Gov. Justice: Only 5% of state’s population has been fully vaccinated and gotten booster shots


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called the 4,600th COVID death in state, a 33-year-old from Marion County, “a sign from God,” during Friday’s COVID briefing.

“I would beg you to get vaccinated. Especially, I would beg you to get your booster shot,” Gov. Justice pleaded.

Only around 5% of the state’s population(roughly 50,000 people) have gotten all shots, including a booster, Justice said, while around 700,000 residents need boosters, Ret. Maj. Gen. Jim Hoyer reported.

The number of unvaccinated COVID patients in hospitals has dropped to 72%, Justice said, proving the need for boosters. “Please don’t be them,” he said referring to those who are hospitalized and didn’t get a booster shot.

“How in the world could you play with this, I’ll never know. A don’t know what else to do. There is nothing that you’re doing today, that is important as getting yourself vaccinated. Not getting vaccinated is not a smart choice right now. To not do it, is a big, big, big time mistake. For Godsakes a livin’ get your booster shot right now!” the governor went on.

State health officials also reported issues with county health departments giving improper doses as booster shots in Braxton, Hancock and Mercer counties. An investigation has lead to Hancock County’s Health Department receiving doses again, while shipments are on hold, pending investigations in Braxton and Mercer counties. Vaccinations are available through other sources, in those counties, officials stressed/

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