Vaccines, Greenbrier discussed at governor’s briefing

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 4:45 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - The rollout of vaccines-an issue in Parkersburg over the weekend-was a major topic at West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s briefing Monday.

The governor says he is pushing to get school employees, including teachers, vaccinated as soon as possible: part of his plan for in-person classroom learning to resume later this month.

But there were also questions about who is getting the vaccine right now.

Part of that discussion: Sunday’s vaccination clinic in Parkersburg which, despite advisories of limited supplies, drew an endless line of vehicles, with some people in line before dawn Sunday morning.

The outgoing head of the the state National Guard, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who is overseeing the distribution, says with limited supplies, allocations of doses are determined according to their availability.

”People over the age of 70, in particular, are really interested in getting this vaccine,” he added. “They know its value, they’ve been through the polio vaccine, and we will continue to get them out to them as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.”

There were also quesitons about pictures surfacing of a New Year’s Eve party at the Justice-owned Greenbrier resort, in which partiers were seen in tight quarters and not wearing masks.

The governor said he was not present at the event, and wasn’t involved in organizing it. But he says the resort has generally had strict health and safety guidelines.

”I hear from people who have visited the Greenbrier and called me to tell me how safe, and how many protocols, and on and on and on,” Justice said. “They’ve done a good job. Could they have done better in this situation? Well, probably so.”

The governor announced a new toll-free number for people with questions about the vaccines and the process for administering them: 1-833-734-0965.

The hotline is staffed int he daytime hours, Monday through Saturday.

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