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On Oct. 8, Dr. Sherri Young, interim health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, joined Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin, Kanawha County commissioners, and the Unified Health Command to announce that Kanawha County has reached 100,000 individuals fully-vaccinated against Covid-19.

“We celebrate this milestone of having 100,000 Kanawha County residents fully-vaccinated against this terrible virus,” Young said. “From the beginning of the vaccine rollout, the Unified Health Command has made it a priority to get vaccines into arms.

“We have crisscrossed this county, covering every mile possible, to make vaccines readily available and accessible to our residents.”

The Unified Health Command consists of partners from the City of Charleston, the Kanawha County Commission, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

“I am thrilled we have reached the milestone of 100,000 fully-vaccinated individuals, but there is more work to be done,” said Goodwin. “I continue to urge those that are unvaccinated to become vaccinated. This will help lessen the burden on our health care workers and allow us to save the lives of so many.”

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said, “The willingness of Kanawha countians to be vaccinated continues to prevent needless hospitalizations and death.”

“Our health department, Health Right, pharmacies and many other partner agencies have been working diligently to vaccinate our community,” Commissioner Ben Salango said. “It is an important day that we have now reached the milestone to have 100,000 fully-vaccinated Kanawha countians.

“We can’t stop there, we must continue to fight this pandemic, and I encourage more of our community to step up and get vaccinated.”

“I am pleased to see that 100,000 Kanawha countians have voluntarily been fully vaccinated,” said Commissioner Lance Wheeler. “The only way to stop this pandemic is to vaccinate our population and slow the spread of the virus. The vaccination helps stop the virus and lessen the symptoms of the virus if there is a breakthrough infection.

“We must do what we can to lower our hospitalizations and deaths.”

“While we celebrate this milestone, we also cannot forget so many of our friends and neighbors who lost their lives to Covid-19,” said Young. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them and their families as we honor their memories.

Testing and vaccinations continue to be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street East, Charleston.

For more information on testing, vaccines and all other public health services, visit www.kchdwv.org or call the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department at 304-348-8080.

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