On August 23, 2021, Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia shared concerning news during his COVID-19 press briefing. Even though their news is small compared to larger networks, this should alarm vaccine advocates everywhere.
Initially West Virginia was given “5 Stars” for complying to citizens being vaccinated when vaccines were being rolled out and their percentage of vaccinated people almost doubled the rate of the entire nation. But that has changed.
The surprising data from the state’s latest infection and death rates has become too hard to ignore, especially when other countries are seeing similar trends.
He expressed extreme concern for the latest rates of infection and COVID related deaths. Programs targeting the elderly and at-risk populations were going above and beyond the call of duty.
And for younger populations in the state which suffers from poverty and rampant drug use, the vaccine incentives were particularly effective.