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The GOP-led state of West Virginia is leading the nation in vaccine administration.
According to The Daily Wire:
West Virginia leads the nation in COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution, even more so than other states that have gained attention for their vaccine rollout strategies, according to federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Associated Press, which compiled CDC vaccination data, reports that West Virginia provided 7.5% of its roughly 1.8 million residents with the first of two COVID-19 vaccine doses since the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for emergency usage late last year. Furthermore, 1.2% of all West Virginia residents have already received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, which is spaced several weeks apart from the first inoculation.
Governor Jim Justice (R-WV) has credited the state’s thus-far effective vaccine rollout with engaging the state National Guard, local pharmacies, and local health departments.
“We didn’t sit on our hands. I mean, we acted. We brought our local pharmacies in, we brought our local health departments in, we brought our National Guard in, and we started putting shots in people’s arms because this thing is all about age, age, age. That’s all there is to it,” Justice told CBS News host Margaret Brennan in a “Face The Nation” interview on Sunday morning.
Close to 12 states have a vaccine rate for the first dose below 3%.