West Virginia Walmart sites join fed vaccine program; State to Offer Injections to Families of Retirement Home Residents | WV News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) – Walmart sites in West Virginia will soon begin offering COVID-19 vaccines, state officials said Monday.
The state’s 44 Walmarts have joined the federal pharmacy program, Governor Jim Justice said during his press briefing.
“West Virginians can go to vaccinfinder.org to help locate and get an appointment with one of these partner federal pharmacies,” he said. “Walmart has joined Walgreens and the Med-Shoppe and Leader pharmacy network.”
James Hoyer, who heads the state’s vaccine distribution efforts, said officials were not yet sure how many doses of vaccine each Walmart would receive.
“We think we’re going to hand out about two dose trays of Pfizer to Walmarts across the state,” he said. “We know they are getting a certain amount of doses from Johnson & Johnson, but those numbers have yet to be finalized.”
The state also plans to begin offering vaccines to family members of residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the state, Justice said.
“West Virginia will again be among the first in the country to expand our vaccine maintenance plan to include family members of residents and staff,” he said. “This is a big step forward, so we will be looking after not only residents and staff, but family members as well. We’re going to recruit people to go over there and get your vaccine. “
Marty Wright, CEO of the West Virginia Heath Care Association, outraged the court ruling.
“Facilities will work closely with their partner pharmacies in the days and weeks to come to plan and coordinate family immunization opportunities,” Wright said. “If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility in West Virginia, we encourage you to contact that facility to learn more about the immunization options that may be available to you.”
A vaccination clinic recently took place at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s Buffalo plant, which was part of the state’s efforts to provide vaccines to employees in the state’s manufacturing industry, Justice said.
“On Friday and Saturday, we were the first in the world – in the world – to offer COVID vaccines on site at a Toyota plant,” he said.
More than 900 Toyota employees and their family members have been vaccinated, Justice said.
“We continue to expand the reach of manufacturers and other companies to help vaccinate more people,” he said. “These are great things.”
Also on Monday, justice briefly mentioned the results of an investigation into previously unreported COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia.
The State Department of Homeland Security delivered the results of the investigation to the state Department of Health and Human Resources on Friday, the justice said.
“I just received the report and we will issue a press release on the report and then, as I said before, we will make the report completely transparent to everyone,” he said. “We’ll do all of that later this week.”
An initial review of the report’s findings showed that problems with properly reporting COVID-19 deaths in the state began in November, as the state saw a significant increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths , said justice.
“The net of all of this is that it seemed to move forward and move forward halfway until we really started to increase the number of deaths, and that happened in November as I reported earlier.” , did he declare.
The first unreported deaths have occurred at more than 60 facilities in 30 counties in recent months, but were only recently reported to the State Department of Health and Human Resources.
While the “overwhelming majority” of deaths have occurred in hospitals, they also include patients who died at home, palliative care patients, nursing home residents and inmates in the custody of the Division of Corrections and Services. rehabilitation, Justice said.
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