WV Gov. Justice calls for the state’s younger population to ‘step up’ for vaccinations


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called out the state’s younger residents and their parents during Tuesday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing, over the low percentages of vaccinations among that population

In the 12-17 age group, 29% are fully vaccinated, while 36% of 18-29 year-olds have gotten their shots. “Step up! Are you kidding me? What in the world? 29% that’s it?” Justice said. The governor expressed concern that the state could get into a neighbor(vaccinated) against neighbor(unvaccinated) situation.

Ret. Maj. General Jim Hoyer suggested that anyone who is hesitant about getting vaccinated should reach out to a medical professional for advice on whether to get the shots or not.

New Mask Recommendations

When asked about an expected recommendation from the CDC that people again wear masks indoors, Justice said he does not currently think a mask mandate is needed in West Virginia. The governor has not gotten a recommendation to do so, from his medical team, but he will look at CDC guidance when it comes out, he said, blaming the potential need for masks on vaccine hesitancy.

There has been no talk about requiring vaccines or testing for state employees, as is being done in other parts of the country, Justice said.

Do it for Babydog sweepstakes

The governor reminded everyone that the next round of “Do it for Babydog” sweepstakes winners will be announced on Wednesday. “If you see me show up with Babydog, it’s probably going to be a big day for you,” Justice said.

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Gov. Justice also announced a state sales tax holiday for back-to-school supplies from July 30-August 2.

Justice family financial concerns

The governor asked reporters to stay out of his family’s personal business, saying the issues will be worked out, blaming most of it on a bank, Greensill, which he described as a “bad actor.”

Custom water dish for ‘Babydog’

Justice also showed off a custom water dish for “Babydog” from Appalachian Glass, in Weston, which was presented to him by the Lewis County Commission.

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