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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna Begins at Northern Arizona VA Featured

Mary Dillinger December 29, 2020 451

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS) begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna

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  • NAVAHCS begins using the Modern COVID-19 vaccine
  • It will be offered to health care personnel and Veterans in the Community Living Center
  • NAVAHCS is one of the first VA Medical Centers to receive the initial limited supply of the vaccine
  • Sites were identified and chosen based on need
  • Read more...

 

NAVAHCS offers vaccine to health care workers and patients

 

Prescott, AZ — NAVAHCS began COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 22 following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

“NAVAHCS is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans in the Community Living Center,” said Ms. Jean Gurga, NAVAHCS Medical Center Director. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered. As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

NAVAHCS is one of 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1A prioritization and capacity to store the vaccine at -20◦C.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.

Thirty-seven medical centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities received an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.

Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.

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

Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage, which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page.

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