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UPDATE: W.Va. transitions to new COVID-19 vaccine-registration system

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 6:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2021 at 4:24 PM EST
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UPDATE: 1/22/21 6:00 P.M.

UPDATE: 1/22/21 4:25 P.M.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health has stopped accepting appointments for a waiting list for local COVID-19 vaccination clinics as the state transitions to a new online appointment system, officials said Friday in a post on the department’s Facebook page.

However, those who have already registered will not lose their place in line, the MOVHD said.

“The state has asked us to immediately stop taking appointments for our waiting list,” the post said. “Persons that are already on our list will be added to the new state list and will be given priority over those who register with the new system.”

State officials said Thursday its new online appointment database, developed by Everbridge, a company that helps states notify people when there is a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, will be operational starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

At that time, people 65 or older who wants to get the vaccine will be able to get their names on a waiting list by going online to vaccinate.wv.gov.

Anyone who does not have internet access or prefers to make an appointment by phone can call the vaccine hotline at 833-734-0965 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

West Virginia will be the first state in the nation to utilize this type of digital vaccination scheduling system when it launches on Monday,” Gov. Jim Justice said on Thursday.

“Now, they are going to help us coordinate vaccines as we get them from the federal government,” Justice said. “This system gives you the ability to put your information in directly and helps us coordinate, when vaccines are available, to notify you when and where to come to get your vaccine. This will keep people from having to call our health departments time and time again and overwhelming our phone lines. “I’m trying every way in the world I possibly can to make things easier and better for you, because I don’t like the fact that you’re having to call and call and call in the current system.”

A date for the next vaccination clinic in Wood County has not been made public.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/21/21

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department held the fourth COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Wood County, at the Center for Early Learning on campus of West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

500 doses were given out, all to people who made previous appointments, for their first dose of the vaccine.

The process ran smoothly, as 10 people were given the vaccine at a given time, and each appointment was made in six minute windows.

The waitlist to get the vaccine is at 6,000 people as of Thursday, and the Health Department knows the demand is high for the shots.

“We’re hoping to get as many people through as quickly as we can,” said Carrie Brainard, Threat Preparedness Coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. “Whenever we get the vaccines so we can start opening it up to the rest of the population.”

Since Governor Justice announced that the vaccines will be distributed through Everbridge, it is unclear if the current waitlist system will continue when the new distribution system begins on January 25.

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