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Operation Save Our Wisdom continues to ramp up vaccines

Gov. Jim Justice announced 14 COVID-19 free vaccine clinics throughout the state — including one in Monongalia County — for people 80 and older as part of West Virginia’s Operation Save Our Wisdom.

“As Operation Save Our Wisdom continues to ramp up, I encourage all West Virginians who are 80 and older to take advantage of the opportunity to receive a life-saving vaccine,” Justice said in a release. “West Virginia continues to lead the nation in vaccine distribution and administration because of the incredible work of our state agencies and local partners, and because West Virginians are choosing to take this safe and effective vaccine.”

The state will be distributing 6,300 vaccines to the 14 clinics.

Most clinics require appointments. The Monongalia County Clinic, scheduled for Thursday,  will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the West Virginia National Guard, Morgantown Readiness Center, 90 Army Band Way, Morgantown. Thursday’s clinic is full, but schedule a future appointment at  304-423-7969.

The Monongalia County Health Department is asking local residents who are 80 and over and want to make an appointment to receive a vaccine from them to call 304-598-5100 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday to talk to a person.  The after-hours phone number is 304-598-5196 to get on the list. The health department has also placed a lighted sign near Walmart at University Town Centre to remind residents to call the after-hours number.

County health officials said they already have a long list of people who want to get the vaccine and said there is no guarantee they will get the shot right away.

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