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.READ MORE: Upper St. Clair Family Starts Non-Profit Organization To Honor Son Who Died Of Kidney Disease
Justice said the state will continue prioritizing doses for residents 65 and over.READ MORE: Gov. Tom Wolf Releases Plan For Pennsylvania's 121 State Parks
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.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Leaders Discuss Ways To Spend Federal Funding Through American Rescue Plan
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