Lexington VA one of 37 initial VA sites to receive COVID-19 vaccine

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) Lexington VA Health Care System is one of the first 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lexington VAHCS was selected for its ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at extremely cold temperatures.

In accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, Lexington VA Health Care System will begin vaccinating health care personnel and Veterans in VA’s long-term health care facilities once the Food and Drug Administration issues an emergency use authorization for a vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine implementation will include an initial limited-supply phase followed by a general implementation phase, when large supplies of the vaccine will be available to Veterans who want to receive one.

VA’s ultimate goal is to offer it to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated. As more vaccine becomes available, staff will identify eligible Veterans to schedule appointments.

“We are very excited to provide a vaccine that has the potential to help get COVID-19 under control when used alongside public health measures such as masking, physical distancing and frequent handwashing,” said Gregory Goins, Lexington VA Health Care System director.

Veterans seeking additional information should visit the VA Coronavirus FAQs webpage or contact their Care team.

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