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West Virginia, Leads the US in COVID Vaccinations

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ, as of Tuesday, 233,555 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey . Of those doses, more than 212,000 were the first dose, while more than 21,000 people had received their second dose of the vaccine. The dashboard will be updated daily with the latest numbers reported as of 9:30 a.m.

While New Jersey leads the nation in COVID deaths , West Virginia, yes West Virginia is the vaccination king . Once the butt of hillbilly jokes, the Mountaineers are at the top of every chart on vaccinations and most impressively, they have already completed vaccinating the entire state nursing home population, more than 7% of the state’s population and more than 12.5% ,an eighth of the state’s entire senior population. If one of the poorest states in the nation, West Virginia, can do it, why not  California and New York?

So how did West Virginia do it ,Governor Murphy listen carefully ,the key was opting *out* of the national long-term care vaccination program with CVS and Walgreens and partnering with local pharmacies instead.

Tinglong Dai, Associate Professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics at Johns Hopkins explains:

Under the contracts signed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CVS and Walgreens essentially won the right to vaccinate about 99% of U.S. nursing homes that registered with the program. They had little incentive to commit a large number of pharmacies and workers to the daunting task of vaccinating people in nursing homes.

In West Virginia, however, hundreds of local and other chain pharmacies were involved, and each had every incentive to provide speedy services so nursing homes would not walk away from the vaccination deals.

One thought on “West Virginia, Leads the US in COVID Vaccinations

  1. That kind of looks like Sleepy Joe.

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