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The Bureau for Public Health (BPH) is seeking medical volunteers to administer Hepatitis A vaccine at several clinics that will be conducted throughout the state, in response to a Hepatitis A outbreak in West Virginia.

Health care professionals are especially needed to administer Hepatitis A vaccine at the Charleston Treatment Center on 1/11/2019.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tony Leach, Volunteer Coordinator with the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness (CTP) as soon as possible at tony.m.leach@wv.gov or by phone at 304-558-6900 to be placed on a vaccination strike team roster.

Since March 2018 West Virginia has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of confirmed cases of acute Hepatitis A virus (HAV) across the state.

The HAV outbreak in West Virginia includes over 2,000 confirmed cases in 40 counties.The BPH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide HAV vaccine to at-risk populations and are assisting Local Health Departments to implement vaccination strategies across the state.

As part of this statewide initiative, BPH will be coordinating and participating in a series of vaccination clinics in January 2019. It is currently targeting 7 Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Comprehensive Treatment Centers located in Raleigh, Harrison, Wood, Mingo, Kanawha, Ohio and Cabell counties.

The clinics will take place from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the first taking place in Cabell County on Jan. 4, 2019.

Medical volunteers are needed to help administer HAV vaccine at these clinics. Prior experience in vaccine administration and/or participating in mass vaccination clinics is preferred, but not required. Just In Time (JIT) training will be offered to interested volunteers.

Confirmed clinics dates are as follows:

  • Huntington Treatment Center – 1/4/2019
  • Williamson Treatment Center – 1/7/2019
  • Beckley Treatment Center – 1/8/2019
  • Charleston Treatment Center – 1/11/2019
  • Parkersburg Treatment Center – 1/22/2019

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tony Leach, Volunteer Coordinator with the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness (CTP) as soon as possible at tony.m.leach@wv.gov or by phone at 304-558-6900 to be placed on a vaccination strike team roster.

Just because you are placed on the volunteer roster, does not mean you will be required to participate in the clinics. We will work around schedules to make sure you are available before assigning to a clinic. Once all logistical information is confirmed, Mr. Leach will follow up to coordinate JIT and clinic coverage dates to ensure it fits your schedule.

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