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After messy first run, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department rethinks vaccination strategy

More vaccination events for the elderly are planned this week
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:22 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Since the chaotic first go at vaccinating people ages 80 and up, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has rethought its process.

First off, for smaller populations like first responders and those 80 and up, the health department is going to try and stick with appointments, according to Carrie Brainard. The threat preparedness coordinator added that future drive-thru’s would use a different location with better parking and off-road spaces. A local plant has already volunteered its space. The health department is also setting up a phone line specifically for setting up appointments.

However, Brainard said that, when they start delivering vaccines for the general public in mass, it will be impossible for the appointment set up to work.

In addition to this, just Monday night, the department found out it will be getting 150 doses for each county it serves.

This means Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood County.

Although Sunday’s start was messy, Carrie Brainard is hopeful.

She said, “The biggest lesson that we learned is that people want this vaccine. We had been hearing that people weren’t going to get it. They were afraid of it. They wanted to wait until, you know, it had been out for a long time so that was probably the biggest lesson was oh yes people want this and they want it now so that was a good thing.”

Two vaccination clinics for those 80 and older are already set up for this week. One is for Pleasants County residents and will be at the Pleasants County Library at 8:30 a.m. One is for Wirt County residents and will be at the Wirt County Middle school at 8:30 a.m. Both are appointment only.

Call 304-485-7374 to set up an appointment. Extension 107 for Pleasants and 181 for Wirt.

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