Vaccination clinics continue in Jackson County

Suzette Lowe

COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be successful in Jackson County.

Organized by the Jackson County Health Department, the last two clinics saw close to 600 people get their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. March 4 will be an all-day event, with those receiving the second dose in the morning, and first dose being given in the afternoon. The National Guard armory has been utilized as the site for clinics.

Wendy Staats, who heads emergency preparedness for the department, said that 1,272 first doses have been administered, with 408 having received both doses. Approximately 1,000 people remain on the local list from which the department is working, with 3,255 on the state list.

“Once we get through our local list, we’ll move on to the state one,” Staats said. “Currently we get 300 vaccines per week.”

The numbers shared by Staats reflect only those vaccines administered through the health department and do not count any by other sources such as pharmacies.

According to the Feb. 19 posting of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, 5,274 doses have been administered. This would include nursing homes, educators, and other classifications.