Mingo County Health Department officials announced a second vaccination event has been scheduled this week for West Virginia residents 80 years of age and older.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert.

The first round of vaccinations for seniors was held last Wednesday at the old Williamson Memorial Hospital location, where 260 people received the first of two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine during an 8-hour drive-thru event.

As was the case for that first inoculation event, health officials said individuals do not have to make a prior appointment, and that residents from any West Virginia county are eligible to receive the first-round vaccination.

“All we’re requesting is for everyone not to be in a big hurry to get (to the Larry Joe Harless Community Center) because we have an ample supply of vaccines and it won’t be necessary,” MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said.

Blankenship said those individuals administered the first dosage of the Moderna vaccine will be given their second dose after the vaccine’s 28-day waiting period expires.

He said individuals would be contacted by the health department via email, regular mail or by phone and at that time scheduled for their second inoculation.

Eligible residents need to bring a driver’s license (should they have one but it is not a requirement to receive the vaccine), adhere to social distancing, wear protective face coverings, as well as follow any other safety measures that have been put into place, Blankenship said.

Additional information on vaccination availability and its scheduled distribution will be updated on both the MCHD’s and the Mingo Messenger’s social media sites as it becomes available.

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