Angela Adkins has been tied to her phone, but not for the reason you think. She’s been trying to secure her second dose vaccine appointment for weeks. “The first vaccine, I got it and felt relieved finally. I’ll wait three weeks and I’ll get the second one,” Adkins said. " I will have a little bit of weight lifted off my shoulders then I hit a brick wall.”
As more doses of the COVID vaccine are administered each week, the West Virginia DHHR says the state is making progress on priority lists. Last week the DHHR reported thousands of people in their 70′s and 80′s who were supposed to be among the first to get a shot hadn’t even received a call to get an appointment. Sec. Bill Crouch of the DHHR said the state was moving on to reach those in their 70′s this week.
As more vaccines are being administered, there are still thousands of older West Virginians who fall in the priority age group who were supposed to be among the first to get a shot. But they have yet to even receive a call about an appointment.
Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced in April 2019 construction would soon get on the fast track – but after several bumps in the road, many are now calling the completion date of December 2022 into question.