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West Virginia to see slight increase in vaccine allocation

April 15, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will see a slight increase in Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses as it continues its pause of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

An increase of 5,340 combined Moderna and Pfizer doses will be part of the state’s allocation next week, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin’s office said Wednesday. That comes to nearly 98,000 total first and second doses.

“It is very important for you to know there has been nothing but rave reviews about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines,” Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. “We will continue to have those vaccines available to you. We’re not going to slow up on our vaccination events.”

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West Virginia health officials say they haven’t received reports of the rare blood clotting condition that led U.S. authorities to recommend a temporary halt on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine usage. So far, there are only six known cases nationwide of the clotting issue out of over 7 million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson shot.