West Virginia Week in Review - August 21, 2021

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Gov. Justice announces second "Do it for Babydog" vaccination sweepstakes; registration to open Monday August 23rd
During Fridays’ briefing, Gov. Justice announced a second round of the "Do it for Babydog" vaccination sweepstakes as the state continues to push the importance of vaccination to the younger population. 

"We are trying to incentivize more and more West Virginians to get vaccinated, and especially our younger folks," Gov. Justice said.

The giveaway will include the following prizes each week:
  • 5 full-ride scholarships to any higher education institution in West Virginia for individuals age 12 to 25 per week,
  • 1 luxury sports car per week,
  • 4 ATV's, side by side's, or top of the line zero turn lawn mowers per week,
  • 1 custom fishing or pontoon boat per week,
  • $150,000 toward a dream wedding for 1 West Virginian per week,
  • Free gas for 10 years for 2 West Virginians per week
  • 6 season ticket packages to WVU or Marshall sporting events, and
  • 5 season passes to ski resorts in West Virginia.
Award winners will be announced each week over a 6 week period. 

West Virginians who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can begin registering for the giveaway on Monday, August 23rd.

Those who previously registered for the original vaccination sweepstakes will be required to register again.

More details will be provided on Monday and all details are subject to change.

Registration and sweepstakes rules will be posted to DoItForBabydog.wv.gov next week.
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Gov. Justice pushes for booster vaccine rollout in West Virginia
During Wednesday's press briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the Biden Administration authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for Americans who are fully vaccinated. The plan is still subject to approval by the CDC and FDA.

The additional dose will be administered eight months after the second dose of the vaccine. The Federal Government plans to begin booster vaccination administration in late September, but West Virginia is working to expedite the process and protect vulnerable citizens as soon as possible. 

"We are going to continue to push in every way to be able to get our people who are the most exposed the booster shot,” Gov. Justice said. “While I try not to be critical, we are making too many mistakes. We need to move and September 20th to me just isn't going to cut it.”

Per federal guidelines, individuals seeking the third dose will be required to take the same vaccine from the two-dose regimen which only includes Pfizer and Moderna.

West Virginia plans to prioritize at-risk populations, like those in long-term care facilities and medical professionals, for immediate booster vaccine administration. 
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West Virginia now administering extra vaccine dose to immunocompromised individuals
On Monday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia began administering a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to certain immunocompromised people.

“From day one we have been a leader in vaccinations and we are going to continue going in that direction,” Gov. Justice said. “Our highest priority is getting those doses to the people who need it the most.”

Local health departments and pharmacies have been administering the extra doses to patients. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is working on a plan to provide updates on the number of booster shots given on the COVID-19 dashboard. 
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Also this week:
Gov. Justice appoints Jordan Maynor to 28th District seat in House of Delegates

Gov. Justice Appoints Kim Nuckles to Lead EEO Office

Single Lane Closures on I-70 Beginning on Tuesday, August 17

Gov. Justice announces over $400,000 in grants for West Virginia airports

Gov. Justice orders all flags to be flown at half-staff tomorrow in honor of Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Bernard Ramon Wimmer
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