Health workers, community members express need for booster

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 9:07 PM EST
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PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) - According to those in the health care field, the booster dose of the vaccines is as crucial for the elderly now as ever. Right now in the state of Virginia, 38.4% of the population between the ages of 65 and 74 are vaccinated. Those 75 to 84 are at 42.5% and those 85 and older are at 35.1%.

The West Virginia DHHR website does not have any booster data as of now and those with the DHHR confirmed this data is not available right now. Those running vaccine clinics just before thanksgiving explain the importance of giving boosters to the elderly before the holidays.

“Thanksgiving is coming up and all we are able to go and spend time with our families, our grandparents, our parents and it is very important that they get their vaccines. You know their boosters as well so that we make sure we don’t spread it. We want to make sure everybody is safe.” said Susan Cunningham who is with Partnership with African American Churches.

Some of those getting their booster at a vaccine event hosted by PAAC explain the importance of why they chose to get their booster.

“I have elderly parents and I have elderly in laws and I’ve seen the repercussions on other people in my family.” said Leigh Kessler.

If you or someone may need to get their booster or first or second dose of the vaccine you can call 304-741-

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