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Food Safety News and Alerts

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

The next community vaccination clinic will be by appointment only. Please follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment. 


*** For WV Residents Ages 65 and over.

How to Schedule:

With Internet:

  • Utilize the following link to schedule online ASAP: .You will receive a callback with your appointment date and time.
  • You will need to provide an accurate phone # and email address (listing of medication and insurance information is not required).
  • Please be sure to select your correct county of residence.

Without Internet:

  • If you do not have internet access, please call: 304-267-1304.

Please be patient:

  • Vaccine supplies are still limited as interest in receiving the vaccine continues to grow.

To stay up to date on the state vaccine information, please visit the vaccine webpage:

COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Now Open to Ages 70 and Older

Our COVID-19 vaccine waitlist is now open for ages 70 years and older. Please refer to the instructions below for how to be added to our waitlist.

If you are 70 years or older, a resident of Jefferson County and are interested in being added to our COVID-19 vaccine waiting list, please fill out the “contact us” section on our web site here:

If you do not have access to the internet, please call the Health Department at 304-728-8416 to be added to the waiting list. Due to the high number of phone calls we are receiving, you may have to leave us a message. We are asking that you send your request through our website instead of calling, if possible. If you have already called or emailed the Health Department asking us to add you to the waiting list, you do not need to contact us again. We will contact everyone who sends us a request to let them know they have been added to the list.

We do not know when vaccines will be available for other age groups or for people with underlying conditions. We will continue to update you when we have more vaccine available. All questions about this or any other COVID-19 vaccine questions should be addressed to the State’s vaccine call line: 1-833-734-0965.

To stay up to date on the State vaccine information, please visit the vaccine webpage:

Updated Food Handler Card Process – Online

Effective immediately, our food handler card process will be entirely online through

  1. Visit our website
  2. Click on Food Safety / Food Handlers Card.
  3. Click on the course button –                            

Please note – the $30 charge covers the course, the test, and a 2-year food handler card. You will receive two copies of your food card. Please print and keep one for yourself and give the other copy to your manager.  Be sure to keep a copy of your certificate in case you lose your card, as you will need it to obtain a replacement card.

ATTENTION: Certified Food Protection Managers:

If you have a current ANSI-accredited Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate you do not need to get a food handlers card, however, you must have a copy of your certificate available at your food establishment.

Food Handlers Cards - New Process - Flyer

COVID-19 – Food Takeout and Deliveries

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has provided the guidance below on the safety of takeout and delivery.

The CDC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are not aware of any reports at this time that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. Current evidence shows the biggest identifiable risk of transmission of COVID-19 is being around individuals who are symptomatic (and to a lesser extent, infected but not showing symptoms). Food businesses should be following employee health policies and health department recommendations to keep any ill individuals home.

Food Handler’s Cards During COVID-19

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations and to keep everyone safe, we ask that you now obtain your food card via mail or email.

Check payments: Please make checks ($10 per card) payable to Jefferson County Health Department and include a phone number on the top of the check. Mail to the address below along with a copy of you training certificate. Be sure to include a return address or email so we can send your card to you.

Jefferson County Health Department
1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 1
Kearneysville, WV 25430

Credit card payments: Please complete the form below and email to, along with a copy of your training certificate.



Governor’s Closure Order

By order of the Governor of West Virginia:
Restaurants may provide carry-out, delivery, or drive-through services, but shall not allow customers to dine inside or in outside seating areas. No sit down service may be provided in any of these establishments.
We encourage all of our food establishments that will be providing carry-out, delivery, or drive-through service to follow recommended guidelines that have been provided to help prevent the spread of this virus. See recommendations below.
Please contact our office with any questions or concerns you have.

*This post was edited on March 19, 2020 to update recommendations and guidelines.

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