West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice lowered the overall age to get the coronavirus vaccine in the state.
The age was lowered from age 65 to 50 in West Virginia.
Now, all West Virginians over the age of 50 can get the coronavirus vaccine, according to Gov. Justice. The state will still prioritize those who are age 65 and above.
According to COVID-19 Czar Clay Marsh, fifty was selected as the new vaccination age because 97 percent of COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia have been people over the age of 50.
Under these new guidelines, teachers and school service personnel ages 40 to 50 will also start getting their vaccinations, in addition anyone over the age of 16 with certain health issues.
Vaccinations will still be by appointment only and people must be registered through the state’s COVID-19 system – vaccinate.wv.gov.