WV Gov. Justice on 18+ population: ‘if you’re breathing, you can get your booster shot’


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The push to get booster shots into the arms of West Virginians was the focus of Gov. Jim Justice’s COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.

Basically all state residents 18 and above, “if you’re breathing, you can get your booster shot,” Justice said. “What in the world are you waiting on? Unless you say you’re Superman and jerk your shirt off and show your red “S” to the pharmacist, you qualify in every single way. There’s no need is us sitting around waiting on the CDC for you to get your booster shot,” the governor went on.

The state has messaged or called more than 980,000 people, encouraging them to get booster shots, state health officials said. More than two thirds of those calls and messages were delivered, officials said and continued that they saw spikes on the state vaccination website, as well as got a lot of calls to the state vaccine hotline, right after the messages and calls went out.

The first set of winners in the third round of the Do it for Babydog vaccine sweepstakes will be announced on Friday, said the governor. The winning school will not be announced until after Thanksgiving.

Due to the holiday week, Gov. Justice plans to only hold a briefing on Wednesday, skipping Monday and Friday. If there are any major concerns, additional briefings will be scheduled, Justice said.

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