More than 300,000 West Virginian’s are vaccinated against COVID-19

W. Va. announced another positive milestone in the state’s vaccination administration and rollout efforts in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, March 28, 2021, The Intelligencer reported that the W. Va. Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) publicized that 308,348 people had been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, meaning that they had received all doses necessary from their appropriate medication (i.e., Pfisver requires two consecutive shots, while Johnson & Johnson requires only one). These numbers reveal that 17.2% of the total population of W.Va. has been fully vaccinated, while 27.2% have at least received their first shot, and 87.4% have been administered a second shot.

The article published to Wheeling’s The Intelligencer also states that W.Va. is once again “back above 100% of first doses administered, finding some extra doses at the bottom of some vials. West Virginia has received 476,480 first doses, according to the Department of Human Health Resources (DHHR), and given out 487,425, or 102.3%.” Case wise, Ohio County also reported on March 28 that it had reached 4,000 cases of COVID-19, with 17 new cases beginning that weekend; in addition, the county has seen 75 deaths due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Despite these seemingly depressing numbers, “three of the four counties in the Northern Panhandle were green on Sunday’s DHHR COVID alert map, sitting in the safest category. Hancock, Brooke and Marshall counties were green and Ohio County was yellow, the second-safest category.” So far, the rest of our state has also followed the trend we’ve seen here in the Northern Panhandle, with metropolitan areas and communities with larger populations seeing respectively higher COVID-19 case and related-death numbers and smaller populations and areas seeing less; while both either sit in the safety zone of green or yellow according to the color-coded COVID-19 maps provided by the state’s DHHR.

As stated previously within the article, vaccination administration has continued at a wildly successful rate, providing a model to the rest of our nation and world; with walk-in vaccinations beginning to become available within local and corporate pharmacies and clinics, and universities beginning to share a dialogue of plans to vaccinate their student populations – it’s only a matter of time before the “Almost Heaven” of the hills regains some sense of normalcy, safety, and wellbeing.