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West Virginia DHHR to launch coronavirus vaccine registration tool

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 6:40 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - Governor Jim Justice, during his COVID-19 press briefing Thursday, unveiled the state’s plans to launch a coronavirus vaccine portal.

The new tool is aimed at scheduling vaccine appointments for those eligible in a more streamlined fashion.

“I am trying every way in the world. Every way I possibly can to make things easier and better for you,” Gov. Justice said.

The tool is created through a public-private partnership with the technology company Everbridge.

“This is a large undertaking and we have done it in one week,” said Bill Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia DHHR.

Gov. Justice bragged about West Virginia being the first state to launch this program, but it is not the first government body to utilize Everbridge’s software. Sarasota County, Florida launched a similar program on Wednesday.

According to our sister station WWSB, the program launched on Wednesday with over 40,000 participants. Over the coming days, state officials had to patch the software due to errors in applicants receiving confirmations.

“There will be blips, so please be patient,” Crouch warned.

The application is set to launch at 8 a.m. Monday. Gov. Justice says people can sign up through the soon-to-be-announced site or via phone.

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