Justice Urges Booster Shots

During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice yet again encouraged all West Virginians to determine if they qualify for a booster dose and then get one if they are eligible.

“The number of folks that are in the hospital today are 76% unvaccinated,” Gov. Justice said. “What does that tell us? It tells us that 24% of the people who are hospitalized are fully vaccinated, but they may not have their booster shot.

“It tells us, as mathematically clear as it can possibly tell us, that if you are eligible to get your booster shot and you don’t get it, you’re making a real mistake,” Gov. Justice continued. “You need your booster shot.”

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Per the CDC, eligible individuals now may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

If you are eligible for the booster shot, you can go to any location offering COVID-19 vaccines with your vaccination card to receive the booster. If your card has been lost, you can request a new one from the DHHR.

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