State launching phone line for COVID-19 information on Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state will launch a phone line on Monday that people can call regarding information about coronavirus vaccine clinics.

Gov. Jim Justice last week announced West Virginians 80 years old and older will have access to doses. Local health departments and others have already operated clinics for residents, and the phone system will allow callers to receive information about scheduling and other important news.

“We’re building these outlets for the 80-plus, and then the 70 to 80, then the 60 to 70,” said James Hoyer, a member of the state’s coronavirus task force.

Hoyer, who retired last week as state adjutant general, noted it is important for people to not overwhelm local health departments and health facilities by arriving at offices expecting to receive a vaccine dose.

“Call your local health department, call your primary care provider,” he said. “See when they believe they will be set up.”

Hoyer added the state is working with health bodies about making vaccine administration as orderly as possible.

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