State has placed first order for COVID-19 vaccine

During Monday’s briefing, Governor Jim Justice announced that West Virginia officials submitted the state’s initial vaccine order to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, December 4.

In total, 16,575 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were ordered, the maximum weekly ordering cap allowed for West Virginia at this time, the governor’s office said in a press release.

“We know that our supply will continue to increase going forward,” Gov. Justice said. “I am very hopeful that, as we continue to push like crazy, and as this thing continues to ramp up, that we will be in a situation very soon where we will be able to vaccinate anyone who wants to be vaccinated.”

Last week, Gov. Justice, state health experts, and leaders with the West Virginia National Guard provided an overview of the state’s initial allocation plan ahead of the upcoming arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Governor announced that West Virginia plans to receive an initial allocation of approximately 60,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. West Virginia also plans to receive an initial allocation of approximately 26,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine shortly after the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine, state officials said.

There will be a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine when it first becomes available, so the vaccine will be distributed in phases, based on risk for contracting COVID-19.

In accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the first-available vaccine doses will be distributed to healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, individuals critical to community infrastructure and emergency response, public health officials, and first responders.