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Veterans Affairs vaccinates 1 million veterans against COVID-19 with first doses

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 13:24:04-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Department of Veterans Affairs vaccinated its one-millionth veteran with their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, and the VA clinic in Battle Creek has contributed thousands of vaccinations to that effort.

Battle Creek VAMC has administered more than 4,506 first doses of the Moderna vaccine to local veterans and 758 second doses, according to a news release.

VA began COVID-19 immunizations in December and has vaccinated 329,685 veterans with their second doses as of Wednesday.

During the limited supply phase, VA facilities have made progress through Phase 1A and are offering vaccines to veterans in Phase 1B, which includes those 75 and older.

However, some sites are offering vaccine to additional veterans at increased risk for severe illness from the virus as supply allows.

“VA guidance encourages local flexibility in order to maximize COVID-19 vaccine access and efficiency and limit potential vaccine waste,” Acting VA Undersecretary for Health Richard Stone said. “In this limited supply phase, our COVID-19 vaccination strategy is balancing site-specific resources, facility needs, vaccine availability and status of the pandemic locally, as well as strict storage, handling and transportation parameters of available vaccines.”

Battle Creek VAMC is reaching out to veterans who are eligible for vaccination.

More information about VA COVID-19 vaccines can be found here.