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Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
According to the CDC, currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.
One of the most essential mitigation measures we can take is getting vaccinated. Governor Justice strongly encourages all citizens to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians ages 12 and older and are available in all 55 counties. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or to find a vaccine near you, visit vaccinate.wv.gov or call the WV Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.
WVDE #IGotVaxxedWV Competition
To encourage eligible school-aged children, faculty, and staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the WVDE launched its “#IGotVaxxedWV” Competition and campaign.
The WVDE’s campaign will run throughout the 2021-22 school year and includes a series of educational videos and testimonials from school staff and students who share why they chose to get vaccinated.
In collaboration with the Governor’s Office and the WV DHHR, the WVDE has launched the #IGotVaxxedWV Competition to reward schools that have supported vaccinations among students and staff. The contest runs through the first week of October 2021, and awards grants to a total of twelve schools – four elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools – with the largest percentage of eligible vaccinated staff and students will each win $50,000 to use for their prom, funfair, pep rally, or any student-based activity. Schools are encouraged to poll their student populations to learn how students would like the funds to be used to encourage full participation.
The competition is completely voluntary. The online form to submit the number of faculty, staff, and students vaccinated at your school will be available on August 15. Submissions are due October 1, 2021, and the winning schools will be announced the week of October 3, 2021.
Learn more about the WVDE’s #IGotVaxxedWV Competition and vaccine information HERE.
PCS #IGotVaxxedWV Video Segments
Hurricane High Students Lily Haught & Emsley Farley speak towards their reasons for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as a part of the West Virginia Department of Education's #IGotVaxxedWV Campaign!