West Virgina lifts vaccine restrictions, allows return of fairs and festivals

West Virgina lifts vaccine restrictions, allows return of fairs and festivals
Vaccination Phase 1C includes those who work more than 100 jobs listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is immediately opening coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all residents aged 16 and older.

Gov. Jim Justice announced on Monday that his state will become one of the few to lift virtually all eligibility requirements way ahead of President Joe Biden’s goal of May 1.

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Posted by State Fair of West Virginia on Monday, March 22, 2021

Justice said the state will continue prioritizing doses for residents 65 and over.

Census data says there are about 1.43 million people 18 and older in the state. State data showed that nearly 25% of the total population was partially vaccinated as of Monday; 15% were fully inoculated against the disease that has killed 2,612 people so far in West Virginia.

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