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Friday, December 11, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccines NOW going first to VA Healthcare Workers and Veterans in Long-Term Care


The first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been received and will start being administered at the 37 facilities listed below.

The first phase of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan will be to two groups of people:  workers in the VA Healthcare system and Veterans living in VA long-term care facilities.

Since healthcare workers are among the most likely people to contract and spread Covid-19, the VA will provide a vaccine to each worker who wants one. This will help ensure that all veterans treated in the VA’s healthcare system will be safe and protected while receiving treatment.

Of the veteran population, veterans living in long-term care facilities run by the VA are by far the most at-risk group of veterans. Because of this, the VA will be prioritizing these veterans to receive the first doses of the limited Covid-19 vaccine once it has been approved and distributed.

The FDA has not yet approved the vaccine, but is expected to do so shortly. Once that happens, the VA will publish instructions on how to receive the vaccine if you are among these first groups and would like to do so.

Once released, the vaccine will be available to these two groups at these 37 systems across the country:

Birmingham (AL) VA Health Care System
Phoenix (AZ) VA Health Care System
Greater Los Angeles (CA) VA Health Care System
Palo Alto (CA) VA Health Care System
Eastern Colorado (CO) VA Health Care System
Connecticut (West Haven Campus) VA Health Care System
Washington DC VA Health Care System
Orlando (FL) VA Health Care System
Augusta (GA) VA Health Care System
Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital (IL)
Lexington (KY) VA Health Care System
Southeast Louisiana (New Orleans) VA Health Care System
Maryland (Baltimore) VA Health Care System
Bedford (MA) VA Health Care System
Ann Arbor (MI) VA Health Care System
Minneapolis (MN) VA Health Care System
Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital (Columbia MO)
St. Louis (MO) VA Health Care System
Omaha (NE) VA Health Care System
Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas) VA Health Care System
Raymond G. Murphy (NM) VA Health Care System
New York Harbor (Brooklyn) VA Health Care System
Western New York (Buffalo) VA Health Care System
Durham (NC) VA Health Care System
Cleveland (OH) VA Health Care System
Oklahoma City (OK) VA Health Care System
Portland (OR) VA Health Care System
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (Philadelphia PA)
Pittsburgh (PA) VA Health Care System
Caribbean (Puerto Rico) VA Health Care System
Memphis (TN) VA Health Care System
Dallas (TX) VA Medical Center
Michael E. DeBakey VA Health Care System (Houston TX)
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital (San Antonio TX)
Richmond (VA) VA Health Care System
Puget Sound (WA) VA Health Care System
Milwaukee (WI) VA Health Care System

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