Since initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were made available to Glenville State College (GSC) by the State of West Virginia just after Christmas, employees have continued to steadily receive their “shot in the arm” to help slow the spread of the virus.
GSC employees were surveyed at the end of December to determine their interest and availability in receiving the vaccine. The results of that survey were used to schedule individual appointments with those employees who met certain age and health criteria. The initial group of employees received the first round of their vaccine dose during the week of December 28 and more have continued in the new year. The vaccines require two doses to boost efficacy and follow-up appointments will be scheduled so employees can receive that second dose.
Glenville State College President Dr. Mark Manchin receives his first dose of the
COVID-19 vaccine from a Minnie Hamilton Health System staffer
Staff members from Minnie Hamilton Health System have been assisting Glenville State College with the vaccination process. Over 90 individuals will have received the first dose of the vaccine by the end of next week.
“With the arrival of these COVID-19 vaccines on campus and in our Gilmer County community, it feels as though we are seeing some light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Many of our employees – myself included – have already taken advantage of this vaccination opportunity and others will follow. Of course, this also reminds us that we must continue measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus such as wearing masks, social distancing, and so on,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Mark Manchin.
As additional doses of the vaccine are made available to the institution, Glenville State will work with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and local health officials to facilitate expanded distribution.
“Glenville State’s vaccination effort is the result of collaboration between the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and Minnie Hamilton Health System. The teamwork between our campus and these institutions should serve as a model for how communication and supply distribution can work in the future across the state,” said GSC Provost Dr. Gary Morris.
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