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Marsh, Alsop explain vaccination priorities and process

Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar and West Virginia University Health Sciences vice president and executive dean, joined WVU Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop to explain the COVID-19 vaccination process. In this edition of Inside WVU Today, the two also explain why those aged 50 and older and some clinical Health Sciences students are being vaccinated now.

Watch the video. 

WVU employees and students who are West Virginia residents are encouraged to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources pre-registration portal. The online tool enables West Virginians to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination and receive updates through text, phone and/or email. Vaccine supplies are limited, so pre-registration does not mean immediate access to vaccination.

Additional information is available at or by calling 833-734-0965 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Over the past several weeks, WVU employees who met certain age requirements (50 and older) were sent an email questionnaire from WVU ( to indicate their interest in the vaccine. West Virginia resident employees who returned the questionnaire but have not received notification of a vaccination appointment are also encouraged to pre-register through the DHHR portal. This is to maximize the opportunities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Those employees and students who are not West Virginia residents should contact their local health department for guidance on COVID-19 vaccine registration options.

All WVU students and employees are also reminded about the critical importance of wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, avoiding large indoor gatherings and following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. 

Visit the Return to Campus website for more information and to view FAQs. You also may visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for additional details. Contact with any questions.