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Local health departments resume individual community vaccination clinics | Journal-news

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MARTINSBURG — Effective today, local health departments in the Eastern Panhandle will resume individual community vaccination clinics, replacing the Eastern Panhandle drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, WVU Medicine East and local health department officials announced.

Those who were scheduled at the drive-thru clinic for their second doses will be contacted by officials.

“Individuals who received their first vaccine at the Eastern Panhandle Drive-Thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic and are scheduled for their second vaccine after May 13 will be contacted and rescheduled for one of the Berkeley or Jefferson County community vaccine clinics,” according to a WVU Medicine press release.

Vaccines will be by appointment only.

Berkeley County Health Department vaccine clinics will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the health department office at 122 Waverly Court in Martinsburg. First- and second-dose appointments will be available on Tuesdays. Thursdays will be reserved for second dose appointments only.

To schedule a first-dose appointment in Berkeley County, visit vaccine.wvumedicine.org/Berkeley using a laptop or desktop computer, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.

Jefferson County Health Department vaccine clinics will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the west parking garage at Hollywood Casino, located at 750 Hollywood Drive in Charles Town. First- and second-dose appointments will be available both days.

To schedule a first-dose appointment in Jefferson County, visit vaccine.wvumedicine.org/Jefferson using a laptop or desktop computer, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.

Officials also announced that they will offer vaccines to anyone age 12 or older the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at these new clinics. Children age 12 to 17 must show proof of age and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The mega vaccine clinic began in early April and last through last Thursday. These 5,000-dose clinics were held twice-weekly, with a goal of vaccinating as many community members as possible within a four- to six-week period.

With the number of vaccinated individuals on the rise, and Gov. Jim Justice lowering mask restrictions, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Dr. Murphy said the district will continue to require students in Grades 3 to 12 and all staff to continue wearing face coverings through June 20. Students who are riding school buses, as well as bus drivers and aides, will be required to wear masks.

“Both of these actions reinforce the need for us to remain diligent in our efforts to guard our health and the safety of those around us,” Dr. Murphy said in an alert to parents Sunday night. “These two actions also align with the face covering mandate set forth by the West Virginia Department of Education.”

For more information or assistance rescheduling a second vaccine appointment, please call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.



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