VA Central Western Mass. gives veteran first COVID-19 疫苗

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马萨诸塞州利兹(WWLP)– Shipments of the Moderna 疫苗 arrived in 马萨诸塞州 this week, 和 the VA facility has already vaccinated more than a hundred of their workers 和 residents.

的 VA Central Western 马萨诸塞州 健康care System location in Leeds is one of 113 VA centers in the United States to receive the Moderna supply. So far they’ve wasted no time getting the 疫苗 into the arms of their veterans 和 staff.

的 Moderna 疫苗 is making its way across the country including 600 doses at the VA Central Western 马萨诸塞州 健康care System in Leeds. Currently, the facility’s vaccination plan includes vaccinating veterans living in long-term care facilities, 和 high-risk VA health care personnel.

In total, the facility has 26 residents in long-term care 和 a total of 765 employees working on campus 和 remotely.

“Yesterday we administered 10 to in patient veterans 和 20 to employees,”副护士长凯瑟琳·盖森(Catherine Gaisson)说。“Today we already did 30 to employees 和 two of our veterans 和 later today we have 50 more scheduled.”

A military veteran from western 马萨诸塞州 was the first to receive a COVID-19 疫苗 given by the VA Central Western 马萨诸塞州 健康care System. Sites were identified based on the need for the 疫苗 according to CDC的1A prioritization 和 capacity to store the 疫苗 at -20C. 

68岁的美国陆军老兵凯文·詹姆斯·贝茨(Kevin James Bates)在医疗系统的社区生活中心居住了近两年,包括在冠状病毒大流行期间。

Bates said his father 和 grandfather both were veterans who also received care through the facility.

“They haven’t been allowed to leave the unit often 和 if so it’用于医疗预约,”护士经理布伦特·邦菲格利奥(Brent Bonfiglio)说。“所以这真的像是他们亮点的开始’ve been looking for.”

三十七医疗中心 began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 疫苗 to health care personnel 和 Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 疫苗 the week of December 21.

的 Northampton location is only registered to receive the Moderna 疫苗 so as of now that’s the only 疫苗 they’将会收到货。

As 疫苗s become available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. 的re is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.

退伍军人可以在VA上获取最新信息 VA COVID-19 疫苗 webpage, 和 sign up to receive regular updates on the 疫苗 on the VA’s 保持知情 page.