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West Virginia Asks to Distribute Fourth Covid Shots

Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia said he would request authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start offering fourth coronavirus vaccine doses amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

We would offer that fourth dose to folks 50, 50 years of age and older or anyone that is compromised, and in addition to that, the essential workers that we have. In our letter to the C.D.C. asking for their permission to move forward — so that letter is going out today, and that is requesting from the state of West Virginia and me that we absolutely be able to move forward in giving the fourth dose to our people. The reason for this is lots of different things. First of all, it’ll save a bunch, bunch, bunch more lives. That’s all there is to it. But secondly, right behind that, we’re going to end up with a run on our hospitals like you can’t imagine — this Omicron virus is absolutely potent from the standpoint that it is a super spreader. And absolutely, without any question, we’re going to have people sitting outside the waiting room or the emergency rooms, in their cars or whatever like, that have had a stroke or a heart attack that can’t even get into the hospital. We’re going to have more and more and more of that right at our doorstep where it is right now today. Now with all of that, we move in West Virginia. We pivot and we move. And so what we’re going to do is, we’re going to request and make recommendations in the state of West Virginia, those that are 50 and older that want the fourth dose or those that are essential workers can get that fourth dose, and they can get it right now.

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West Virginia Asks to Distribute Fourth Covid Shots

By The New York Times January 7, 2022

Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia said he would request authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start offering fourth coronavirus vaccine doses amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

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