Why West Virginia’s Winning The Race To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Into Arms

On Dec. 14, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was one of the first U.S. elected officials to get immunized against COVID-19. The state has since completed a first round of shots in all long-term care facilities as well as with front-line health workers.

To get vaccines into long-term care facilities, West Virginia was the only state to opt out of a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens. Instead, a network of smaller pharmacies got a jump-start.

(Image credit: State of West Virginia/Via AP)

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