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Health Care Organizations in Ohio County Teaming Up Provide COVID Vaccines to WV Residents

February 2, 2021

WHEELING, WV – Major health care facilities and agencies in Ohio County are joining forces to vaccinate as many area West Virginia residents as possible against the COVID-19 virus. The Community Vaccine Clinic collaboration includes Wheeling Hospital, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, the county Emergency Management Agency and Wheeling Health Right.

The combined resources of people, vaccines and infrastructure will be leveraged to operate in the most efficient manner possible. The clinic, which will go into operation Thursday, is located in the former Michael’s store at the Highlands. To be vaccinated first are West Virginia residents 65 years and older.

“This community vaccination clinic is further evidence of how West Virginia is leading the nation in getting our citizens vaccinated,” Douglass Harrison, Wheeling Hospital CEO, said. “This event also epitomizes the definition of community and how all community members pull resources together for the greater good. Wheeling Hospital is honored to work side-by-side with our community partners to do our part to stop the spread of this dreadful virus.”

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble said, ““The community vaccination center will allow Wheeling Hospital, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management and Wheeling Heath Right a venue to provide vaccinations to the public in a single location. It is our hope that a convenient and accessible location will increase our vaccination services to the residents of Ohio County.”

Kathie Brown, Health Right executive director, said, ““Wheeling Health Right is honored to be a community health partner in bringing the vaccine to as many West Virginia residents as possible. We have worked tirelessly with Wheeling Hospital and the Wheeling Ohio County Health Department to offer widespread testing and are now looking forward to doing the same through vaccinating our residents.”

“In emergency management, the best way to deal with a disaster or event or response is by using the ‘Whole Community’ planning model,” said Lou Vargo, Director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. “This is an example of this model in action. By the County Homeland Security Agency and Health Department working with our community partners especially Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling University, Health Right, and other volunteer agencies and business, we can work as a team for the best care and service to our citizens.”

As vaccine supplies become more readily available, the vaccine clinic will be able to vaccinate 1,000 people per day. Nationally, West Virginia continues to be recognized for its success at getting the vaccine in people’s arms.

The clinic will operate Thursday through Saturday or Sunday, based on the amount of vaccines made available through the federal and state governments. Also providing support for the clinic are volunteers from Wheeling University.
The clinic will not accept any walk-in appointments, and patients must present a valid West Virginia ID, or U.S. passport and a utility bill with a West Virginia address, to verify West Virginia residence.

West Virginians can pre-register online at vaccinate.wv.gov. Those who have already been placed on a wait list through their local health department or other medical provider, as well as those who have already received their first vaccine dose, will be integrated into this new system and thus do not need to pre-register.

Users will get a message after registering to confirm they are in the system, and will be sent updates regularly. The system sends texts, email, and phone calls.

Any West Virginian who does not have the ability to register online can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 to get help with pre-registration. The call center is active from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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