The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources recommends everyone stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 shots for their age group (see below).
COVID-19 vaccination recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 data.
IS THERE A SIMPLE WAY FOR SOMEONE TO KNOW IF THEY ARE DUE FOR A COVID-19 SHOT?
Yes. All West Virginians are encouraged to use the COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov
The calculator is a free, online tool that can quickly help anyone figure out when they are due for a COVID-19 shot, what type, and where to get one. West Virginians can also contact the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm) to talk to someone for help learning if they are due for a shot and/or where to get one at a nearby location. WHO IS CONSIDERED UP-TO-DATE ON COVID-19 SHOTS?
West Virginians ages 6 months and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. For the best protection against the virus that causes COVID-19, now everyone ages 6 months and older is eligible for at least one 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 shot. To be considered up-to-date:
- Those ages 5 years and older* are recommended to get one 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 shot, regardless of whether they received any previous COVID-19 shot(s).
- Children ages 6 months through 4 years should get at least one 2023-2024 updated Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 shot as part of their recommended COVID-19 vaccination series. For those who completed an initial series already, one 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 shot will ensure they are up-to-date at this time. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/C19CDCUpToDate
- *Note: Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised need multiple shots, including at least one 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 shot, and should consult with their healthcare provider about additional shots. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/C19CDCUpToDate
WHERE CAN I GET A COVID-19 SHOT?
West Virginians can get their 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 shot(s) at healthcare providers' offices, community health centers, local health departments, or pharmacies that provide COVID-19 immunization.
It is advised to contact your intended vaccination location to ensure they carry the COVID-19 shot that you are eligible for and that they accept your form of health insurance or healthcare coverage.
- Most health insurance plans cover COVID-19 vaccination – they could require using an in-network provider, as with other care.
- People without health insurance or with plans that do not cover the cost may be able to get a free COVID-19 shot from a local health department, community health center, or pharmacy that is participating in the federal Bridge Access Program, as supplies allow.
- Children eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program (which provides vaccines for children 18 years and younger who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian, or Alaska Native) may be able to get the shot from a VFC provider. To find a VFC provider in your area, contact your child's healthcare provider or your local health department (find your local health department by county here: https://bit.ly/WVHealthDeptByCty).
Contact a healthcare provider to see if they carry the COVID-19 vaccine and accept your insurance/coverage, visit vaccinate.wv.gov for more information about vaccination locations, or call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). Call the Info Line for vaccination arrangements for someone who is homebound.
When you are vaccinated, you will receive a COVID-19 Vaccination Card. Bring this card with you to any additional COVID-19 immunization appointments.
ARE COVID-19 SHOTS FREE?
Most people can get a COVID-19 shot for free. For people with health insurance, most plans will cover COVID-19 shots at no cost (you may need to use an in-network provider as you do for other health care). People without health insurance or with plans that do not cover the cost may be able to get a free COVID-19 shot from a Bridge Access Program participating location. Children eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program may get the shot from a VFC provider. See Bridge and VFC location information above.
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Updated September 26, 2023.