WASHINGTON — All Well being Sources and Providers Administration-funded well being facilities and look-alike well being facilities in West Virginia have been invited to take part within the COVID-19 Vaccine Program, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin mentioned Wednesday.
This system permits 31 well being facilities in West Virginia to immediately order COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal authorities, rising West Virginia’s general dose allocation, Manchin mentioned. Additionally, West Virginia will obtain a rise of two,340 Pfizer doses, with the state receiving 53,820 first and second Pfizer doses, 38,600 first and second Moderna doses and three,300 Johnson & Johnson doses subsequent week, he mentioned.
The choice by the Well being Sources and Providers Administration to ask all 31 administration-funded well being facilities within the state to order COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal authorities “is fantastic information for the Mountain State,” Manchin mentioned.
“Along with permitting for well being facilities to order extra doses, West Virginia will obtain a complete of over 95,000 doses subsequent week,” Manchin mentioned.
The well being facilities are appreciative, in accordance with Sherri Ferrell, CEO of the West Virginia Main Care Affiliation.
“We’re thrilled that each one neighborhood well being facilities are actually capable of take part in HRSA’s Vaccine Program to obtain shipments of COVID-19 vaccine immediately,” Ferrell mentioned. “The direct allocation of vaccine permits well being facilities to focus their efforts on vaccinating their sufferers ages 16 and older and guarantee they obtain different needed well being care companies.”
Group well being facilities serve about 480,000 West Virginians at 400 areas throughout the state, offering entry and outreach to rural and weak populations, she mentioned. Well being facilities have been a key associate in West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine success since December, serving to to vaccinate their sufferers and public, Ferrell mentioned.
“As well as, some with entry to vaccination websites have heard misinformation about vaccines, however could also be extra prepared to vaccinate after session with their household medical supplier,” mentioned Rick Simon, CEO, Group Care of West Virginia.
Direct entry to vaccines will enable clinics to offer immunizations no matter residency, in accordance with Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE INC.
“Change Inc. has been on the entrance traces with COVID testing and administering vaccines for the neighborhood; nevertheless, our affected person footprint extends past our West Virginia state border,” she mentioned. “This has created issue with hand deciding on who can have the vaccine and who can’t based mostly on their deal with.”
With the supply of vaccines by way of the federal program, well being facilities are capable of higher plan vaccinating weak populations, Kristi Atha-Rader, CEO of the Rainelle Medical Heart, mentioned.
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