In response to the declining rate of individuals receiving vaccinations statewide, the West Virginia Department of Education launched its #IGotVaxxedWV campaign to encourage students 12 and older to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The campaign includes a series of videos and social media graphics with testimonials from school personnel and students who share their reasons for getting vaccinated. The campaign will continue through the 2021-2022 school year to educate students about the benefits of getting vaccinated to ensure an uninterrupted school year.
The WVDE in collaboration with the Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) 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 nine elementary, middle, and high schools with the highest percentage of staff and students vaccinated. Funds can be used for student-based activities and events that may have been missed or scaled back over the past two years. Once submissions are complete, data will be verified by DHHR’s Division of Immunization Services. For contest information, visit wvde.us/igotvaxxed.