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West Virginia Grandparents Raising Grandkids Can Get School Vouchers If Vaccinated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren ages 5 to 11 can receive a $150 school voucher if they are vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Jim Justice said Friday.

The program is through the Healthy Grandfamilies vaccination incentive program. To receive a voucher, the family must be enrolled in West Virginia State University's Healthy Grandfamilies program at

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended the vaccine for use by children ages 5 to 11.

All vaccine-eligible members of the family must have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vouchers can be used for school supplies, the governor's office said in a news release.

About 19,000 West Virginia children live in households with a grandparent as primary caregiver, according to the Healthy Grandfamilies organization.

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