A message from Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean of WVU Health Sciences:
I wanted to share the background and framework for the state vaccine distribution plan and provide some specific details on the process. You can read more about the phased plan on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 vaccine website and on the Governor's website.
Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of West Virginia created a phased distribution plan. We’re working with governing associations, such as the West Virginia Hospital Association, the Long-Term Care Association, with county and state officials and others to make the best decisions about distribution.
The vaccine supply will increase over time. As it does, I strongly encourage you to get a vaccine when it is your turn. It’s also extremely important to receive not just the first dose of the vaccine, but the second dose as well. Mild side effects have been reported after a day or two of receiving each dose of the vaccine, including pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, as well as chills, tiredness and headache. Side effects are more common after the second dose. The CDC says these side effects may feel like flu symptoms and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but these effects will go away in a few days. Remember, these reactions are your body’s natural immune response.
Even after receiving your vaccine, wearing your mask and physical distancing remains critical. We must take care of ourselves and others throughout this journey. Although we still have a long path ahead of us, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccination by a majority of the population is critical to resuming life as we once knew it.
WVU Medicine has posted a general FAQ about the COVID-19 vaccine, and information can also be found on coronavirus.wvu.edu. For questions about vaccinations, email COVIDvaccine@mail.wvu.edu.
We’re strong. West Virginia Strong. Together.
Clay Marsh, MD
Vice President and Executive Dean
WVU Health Sciences