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Ohio County to Hold First COVID Vaccine Clinic Wednesday for Residents 80 and Older

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Residents 80 and older will have their first chance for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, as the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will hold a clinic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day.

The department has 100 doses to administer, and all vaccines will be given by appointment only. For an appointment call 304-234-3682 starting Monday.

The health department is located on the first floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St. in downtown Wheeling.

According to information from the health department, the county was alloted 100 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be administered on a first come, first served basis. Part of this supply also will be used to vaccinate several 80 years old or older residents of two Ohio County facilities — the Home for Men in Warwood and Mount St. Joseph — on Monday that were not part of the initial long-term care/assisted living facility vaccinations. The remaining vaccine will then be available to Ohio County residents who are 80 years old or older.

Residents that get the vaccine need to bring a photo ID, including proof of age and residency such as is found on a West Virginia driver’s license. To help maintain social distancing, residents are asked to come to their appointment at the time scheduled. When more vaccine arrives, or additional groups are identified for vaccination the department will provide more notification.

If you have questions, call call the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department at (304) 234-368.

There will be limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccine at first, so the vaccine will be distributed in phases based on risk. Supply of COVID-19 vaccine will increase over time.

According to the health department, “We are dedicated to ensuring that all residents of Ohio County and West Virginia have access to a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. The initial focus of West Virginia’s vaccine distribution is to take care of the most vulnerable in our state. Vaccines will be in limited supply at the beginning, so the first phase will be distributed to individuals in high-risk settings such as health care, first response, long-term care facilities, and education. This approach is imperative to preserve critical infrastructure, such as making sure our health care system can meet our state’s needs. We understand that there are questions regarding when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available, and we are urging patience for all those waiting. As we receive more vaccine supply and have vaccinated those outlined in the state’s plan for Phase 1, we will move forward with vaccinations for the general public.”

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