Monongalia County organizations unite on vaccine administration

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Multiple Monongalia County agencies have teamed up to provide residents with doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Monongalia County leaders — including representatives of the Monongalia Health Department, Mon Health System and WVU Medicine — announced Monday a new partnership that has officials utilizing the existing WVU Medicine clinic space at the Morgantown Mall as an administration site.

WVU Medicine last week opened the clinic, which is located at the former Sears location.

“We realize the only way we’re going to get out of COVID is to vaccinate our way out of COVID,” said Albert Wright, WVU Medicine’s president and CEO. “We started to put significant infrastructure in place to get large scale patients through here.”

According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, officials have administered more than 166,000 first doses and 40,258 people are fully vaccinated.

James Hoyer, who heads the state’s Joint Interagency Task Force, said West Virginia should be receiving 23,600 vaccine doses each week, but production levels have limited shipment sizes.

“Gov. (Jim) Justice has got all of us pressing each entity within the federal government to make sure they fully understand as vaccines come off the line West Virginia is a place that will get them in arms quickly,” he said.

Wright is optimistic most of the country will receive vaccine doses by the end of the year, yet noted vaccination by the end of May is possible depending on allocation.

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