CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “You are running such a risk that it’s unbelievable. Why run the risk? I just don’t get it,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday to state residents who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are very effective against the Delta coronavirus variant, Justice said.
To date, 86.6% of residents 65 and above have gotten at least one shot, along with 78.6% of those 50 and above, while the entire eligible population’s one-shot level sits at 63.5%, the governor reported.
Gov. Justice also previewed the state’s second vaccine lottery drawing, set for Wednesday. As was the case with the first drawing, prizes will include: $1 million, two custom pick-up trucks, 25 state park vacations, hunting and fishing licenses, hunting firearms, and two full-ride college scholarships. There are 313,000 people registered for the second drawing, Justice said.
Justice spent time defending his decision to sign a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in female athletics. That bill has since spawned a federal lawsuit. “I don’t think anybody here is discriminating against transgender people. I hope and pray West Virginia is always a very welcoming state and loves everyone, everyone. From my standpoint, it was all about athletic competition,” Justice said.