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Vaccination Plan Protecting Elderly

Another positive step forward in West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout came Wednesday, when Gov. Jim Justice announced that residents 70 and older can now sign up to receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Up to this point, the state was only offering the vaccine to those 80 and older, along with health care workers, teachers and other essential workers.

Getting the vaccine into the arms of residents 70 and older will help to protect those most at risk of COVID-19. We’ve reported previously that of the state’s deaths, nearly 70 percent come from those state residents ages 65 and older. It only makes sense that we protect those most at-risk.

“It’s saving lives like we can’t imagine,” Justice said of vaccinating older West Virginians.

Other states are looking to West Virginia not only for how the state is vaccinating older residents, but also because it is leading the way when it comes to administering the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, 5 percent of all West Virginians had been vaccinated, according to Bloomberg’s vaccination tracker.

West Virginia needs to continue vaccinating the at-risk groups first. It’s the move that makes sense.

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