LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — Jan. 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Calling the Greenbrier County Health Department can quickly take hours off your day due to their limited number of phone lines. As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, people living in Greenbrier County have a new hotline to register for COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Bridgett Morrison is the Health Officer for the Greenbrier County Health Department.
“The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has offered to take this over for us until we get better phone lines,” Morrison said. “It frees us up and hopefully it will streamline and make it much easier to get on our waiting list, so we can get everyone vaccinated.”
Morrison added this frees up the health department’s phone lines so people can reach the department with non-COVID vaccine related needs.
“At the Health Department, we just don’t do COVID,” Morrison said. “I know that’s all we’ve mainly focused on for so long now, but we have so many other clinics and other responsibilities as well, including our harm reduction and our general clinic, in addition to everything else that health departments do on a regular basis.”
Morrison said most of the information people are looking for can be found on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Website, as well as in the minutes for the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force which are submitted each Tuesday.
Morrison added if you sent an email requesting to be on the waitlist after 7 p.m. last Friday, you’ll need to call the Hotline to get put on the list.
ORIGINAL STORY — Jan. 19, 2021, 12:50 p.m.: There is a new COVID-19 vaccination hotline Greenbrier County residents can call to register their names on a waiting list. The hotline is only for those ages 65 and older.
Those who want to register themselves or a family member can call (304) 664-4147 to speak to a representative from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If no one is available, callers can leave a voicemail with the necessary information and someone will return your message.
The hotline created to help the Greenbrier Health Department will give them the ability to efficiently register people to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
The Greenbrier Health Department is urging people not to email or directly call them because they are busy concentrating all resources on case investigation and other duties.