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West Virginia opens vaccine eligibility to all 16 and over

March 22nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia will immediately open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all residents aged 16 and older, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday. The state becomes one of the few in the nation to lift virtually all eligibility requirements way ahead of President Joe Biden's goal of allowing all adults to get shots starting on May 1.

Justice said the state will continue prioritizing doses for residents 65 and over.

“Now is our time. Let's go West Virginia,” he said. “Let's get everybody in this state vaccinated.”

There are about 1.43 million people 18 and older in the state, according to census data.

State data showed that about 25% of the total population was partially vaccinated, and 15% were fully inoculated against the disease that has killed 2,612 people so far in West Virginia.