BUCKHANNON — With the State of West Virginia expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine to state residents ages 16 and older, West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is teaming up with Community Care of West Virginia, the College’s on-campus health care partner, to ensure that any Wesleyan student who wants a COVID-19 vaccine may get one.
This news comes on the heels of Governor Jim Justice’s recent announcement that West Virginia would begin offering COVID-19 vaccines immediately to individuals 16 years and up.
“This is a great opportunity for Wesleyan students who want a vaccine to get one,” said Alisa Lively, WVWC Dean of Students who is coordinating the student vaccination process. “Community Care of West Virginia has been getting a steady supply of vaccines and have offered the option to our students to get vaccinated.”
Two weeks ago, the College conducted a survey of interest from students in the vaccine, with two-thirds of Wesleyan students indicating they would welcome the opportunity to be vaccinated. The other third either already received a vaccination and an even smaller sample of students opted not to receive the vaccination. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is optional at WVWC.
Students who responded in the affirmative to the College’s survey are now considered on the list of potential vaccine recipients with Community Care. The College will work with Community Care to organize transportation shuttles for students to get vaccinated.
Any student who did not previously indicate they would like a vaccine on the survey, should contact Community Care of West Virginia directly at (304) 471-2240 to be scheduled for a vaccine clinic.
Over the last several months, WVWC has provided vaccinations to faculty and staff who opted to receive it. Some students, such as Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants and students in the health sciences, have already received the vaccine.