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Central Texas VA begins vaccinating Veterans 85 years of age and older

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Posted at 3:31 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 16:31:17-05

TEMPLE, TX — The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has begun offering Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to all enrolled Veterans, 85 years of age and older.

“Large scale vaccination is the key to ending the disruption of the COVID-19 virus. My team will not rest until we have vaccinated every Veteran enrolled in our health care system who wishes to be immunized,” said Medical Center Director, Michael L. Kiefer.

“We have several thousand doses for Veterans 85 and older; however, if unused, we will expand to younger Veterans.” Kiefer added.

According to a press release, the Central Texas VA received its initial supply of vaccines in late Dec.

They share staff immediately began vaccinating Veterans residing in the facility’s community living center, and high-risk employees, per CDC and VA determined prioritization.

As of January 6, they report almost 1,800 employees and 100 Veterans had been inoculated.

Currently, Veterans 85 years and older are being contacted by VA staff to schedule vaccine appointments at VA’s Waco, Temple, and Austin campuses. They state their roll-out process will expand in accordance with the CDC prioritization schedule, and availability of vaccine.

They want to remind interested Veterans, proper identification will be required to verify VA enrollment and scheduling for the second dose;the likes of which, is administered approximately 21 days after the first.

Both vaccines are required for maximum efficacy.

Vaccinations available at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System are for enrolled Veterans only; not caregivers or family members. Clinical staff will be available for assistance throughout the vaccination process.

Veterans may receive the latest information and sign-up for updates on VA’s COVID Vaccine webpage.