Gov. Justice announces all West Virginians 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the opening of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all West Virginians 16 years and older. “Now’s our time, let’s go West Virginia,” Justice said.

Sticking to the vaccination theme, the governor said: “refusing to take the shot is a real mistake. If you are older and you get it, you’re in real trouble. Quite listening to this garbage.”

“There’s no telling how many lives have been saved,” so far with vaccinations, Justice said, comparing it to a 2018 incident when several people were trapped underground after breaking into a southern West Virginia coal mine.

Following Friday’s announcement that three fixed-location vaccine clinics will be set up for the state’s older residents, officials said Monday that the clinics will be in Charleston, Morgantown and third, so far unnamed, location.

Mask Requirement Update:

Addressing Sunday’s announcement that Raleigh County Republican House of Delegates member Brandon Steele tested positive for COVID-19, Justice said not wearing a mask “is the wrong thing to do. I think Brandon gets extreme in his views. You’ve got a lot of stubborn people from time to time and sometimes the most stubborn get bit.” Justice, who coached Steele in Little League, said he hopes and prays that Steele gets well.

The governor reminded residents that he has not relaxed the mask requirement in the state.

Fairs & Festivals to resume:

The governor also announced that all fairs, festivals and similar events can resume on May 1. “These events are part of our fiber,” Justice said. The events will be allowed to continue “unless there is a real backslide,” he said.

Unreported Deaths Investigation:

Gov. Justice also said an investigation he called for, into COVID-19 deaths that went unreported to the state, will be completed this week. “We’ll know who the bad actors are,” Justice said.

Justice lashes out at Newspaper:

The governor spent several minutes addressing an article in the Charleston Gazette about his son buying a house at The Greenbrier from professional golfer Bubba Watson and previous articles about an investigation into the nonprofit that ran the former PGA Tour event at the resort. “You oughta quit writing garbage,” Justice told a reporter.

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