West Virginia lowers general age limit for virus vaccine


FILE – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during the State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the West Virginia State Capitol Building in Charleston, W.Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Justice has agreed to live in the seat of state government in Charleston, ending a long-running challenge over his residency. A Kanawha County judge signed an order Monday, March 1, 2021, dismissing a 2018 lawsuit filed by a former state lawmaker. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, file)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says the state has lowered the age limit for COVID-19 vaccinations to all residents 50 and older.

Justice says education workers who are at least age 40 also can now receive the vaccine.

The previous limit for teachers had been age 50.

In addition, anyone over age 16 with certain medical conditions may receive the vaccine.

That includes pregnant women, people with obesity, Down syndrome, or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

West Virginia expects to receive a surge in coronavirus vaccine doses this week after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine gained emergency use authorization.

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