Nearly 20% of West Virginia Residents At Least Partially Vaccinated Against COVID-19 | WV News
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) – Just under a fifth of West Virginia’s population has some protection against COVID-19 thanks to the state’s continued efforts to vaccinate residents.
According to Tuesday’s daily update on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 online dashboard, 343,718 people have been at least partially vaccinated.
That number includes those who were fully vaccinated, as well as those who received only the first of their two-dose vaccine, which some experts say may offer some protection.
Among the supporting data is a study conducted in Israel that indicated partial effectiveness of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine two and three weeks after the first dose.
Among West Virginians who are at least partially vaccinated, 198,037 are 65 years of age or older. This means that about 53.9% of state residents in this age group received at least one dose, according to one-year population estimates from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
For those who are fully vaccinated, there are 218,473 statewide – 12.91% of the state’s population. There are 115,944 residents (31.56%) aged 65 or over fully vaccinated.
Kanawha County continues to lead counties in the state in vaccine distribution, with a total of 70,004 doses administered on Tuesday. Monongalia administered 37,957, while Cabell administered 29,315.
Statewide, 562,191 doses were administered, representing 96.4% of the total state vaccine allocation received from the federal government.
The state continues to hold immunization clinics in all 55 West Virginia counties each week, in addition to making vaccines available at drugstores and other clinics.
The Harrison-Clarksburg Department of Health, in partnership with West Virginia University Medicine, is hosting vaccination clinics for people aged 50 and over at the Nathan Goff Armory on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were still appointment slots open for Thursday and Friday clinics, according to Department of Health administrator Chad Bundy.
“It’s not first come, first served,” Bundy said. “(Those interested) should register online and get an appointment.”
All patients must wear a face mask or face mask at their appointment and must provide proof of residency in West Virginia.
Also reported by DHHR in its Tuesday update:
– A new COVID-related death was reported Tuesday: an 87-year-old woman from Kanawha County.
“Our hearts and hearts go out to this family for their deep loss,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.
The state continues to report fewer COVID-related deaths. As of Tuesday, the state had recorded an average of 3.57 deaths per day over the past seven days – a marked improvement from the peak level (29.43 per day) seen in January at the height of the winter surge.
– The state’s three COVID hospitalization metrics saw small increases from Monday’s report.
The number of Western Virginians hospitalized with the disease was 184, up from 178 reported on Monday.
The number of patients treated in an intensive care unit was 54, up from 41 reported on Monday. The number of patients on ventilators was 26, up from 24 reported on Monday.
Despite the increases, the trend of all three indicators continues to show a decline.
– On the county alert system, there were no counties in red, six in orange, five in gold, 11 in yellow and 33 in green.
– As of Tuesday, 2,249,748 confirmatory lab results were received for COVID-19, with 133,856 total cases and 2,326 total deaths.
– The daily percentage of positive tests in West Virginia was 2.72%. The state’s cumulative positive test percentage was 5.37%.
– 5,424 COVID-19 cases were active on Tuesday.