The Putnam County Health Department stands with health departments across the State of West Virginia in remaining dedicated to ensuring that all West Virginians have access to a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. As announced in Gov. Justice’s press briefing on Dec. 30, 2020, West Virginia has started the process of allocating vaccines to individuals age 80 and older.
Putnam County Health Department received an initial supply of 100 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer to residents aged 80 and above. Appointments for the administration of those first 100 doses were filled within a few hours of being announced on Dec. 30, 2020.
On Jan. 2, 2021, Putnam County Health Department started a Wait List among those 80 and older through phone calls and through messages sent through our website, pcdhwv.org. Putnam County Health Department is no longer able to accept Wait List inquiries by phone. If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please go to pchdwv.org/contact-us/ to submit a Wait List request through our website.
Please know that we understand the urgency members of our senior community feel about gaining access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Patience is urged, however, while the West Virginia National Guard’s Joint Interagency Task Force finalizes plans for the widespread distribution of vaccines for West Virginians in this age category.
There will be an ongoing supply of vaccines available through local health departments, such as ours, for West Virginians age 80 and older. The supply of vaccine doses, however, is limited at this time and Putnam County Health Department can not guarantee the number of doses or the dates those doses will be received.
Putnam County Health Department will announce availability, qualifying requirements and locations for vaccinations as information becomes available and will contact members of our current Wait List accordingly to schedule appointments.
As vaccine supply increases, there will be more vaccines available to the general population based on age. Once vaccines are available at locations throughout West Virginia, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
In an announcement from Governor Justice’s office, West Virginians are urged not to show up at local health departments or National Guard armories for a COVID-19 vaccination or a COVID-19 vaccination clinic without a prior appointment. We further ask that you do not overwhelm the health department, pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, or the COVID-19 hotline by calling repeatedly.
You can continue to monitor the Putnam County Health Department Facebook page, pchdwv.gov and vaccinate.wv.gov for information about COVID-19 vaccines, including when vaccination clinic sites become available. Putnam County Health Department is dedicated to being a timely, accurate resource for COVID-19 vaccine information.
Members of the community may also get the latest information by contacting West Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965. The Info Line is staffed Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Info Line is closed on Sundays.