WATCH: Gov. Justice changes vaccination age requirement to 70, effective immediately

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Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.

Governor Jim Justice opened his press briefing by reading off the 77 additional deaths since his last update on Monday. The total number of deaths in West Virginia has reached 1,671. Gov. Justice continued to read off the numbers from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. “Please remember the loved ones of those who we have lost and remember those we have lost with prayer,” Gov. Justice said.

There are currently 27,982 active cases in the Mountain State. Recoveries in WV increased by 1,747, putting the total number of recovered West Virginians at 74,739. The daily percent positive currently sits at 9.09 percent. The cumulative percent positive has risen to 5.44 percent.

In a vaccination update, Gov. Justice said that WV leading the nation in vaccination rates is “an incredible accomplishment.” A total of 28,275 second round doses have been received by WV, with 16,434 percent being administered. This is 58.1 percent of all second doses received. With 100,696 first doses administered of the 132,700 doses received, 75.9 percent of initial doses have been administered.

According to Gov. Justice WV received 34,964 additional vaccine doses Tuesday, Jan 12. With all prior vaccines either being administered or assigned to a receiver, Gov. Justice announced that all additional vaccines would be administered by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gov. Justice announced that the age requirement to receive your first vaccine dose is dropping immediately from 80 years of age to 70. Gov. Justice also said that as soon as WV has the ability, in collaboration with CDC guidelines, the age will then change to 65.

Gov. Justice announced a new program that will aid renters who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Justice and his administration are waiting for more information before officially opening the program.

Before closing his briefing, Gov. Justice urged all West Virginians to wear masks, get tested when feeling even the slightest symptom, and those who have recovered to donate blood. Gov. Justice continued to plead to all West Virginians to receive the vaccine when it becomes available.

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