VA Maryland Health Care System selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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The Baltimore VA Medical Center, a division of the VA Maryland Health Care System, today announced that it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We are 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 Jonathan Eckman, acting director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.

The Baltimore VA Medical Center, a division of the VA Maryland Health Care System, today announced that it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The VAMC 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, the VA Maryland 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. Our ultimate goal is to offer it to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated. As more vaccine becomes available, we will be prepared and positioned to begin to schedule appointments with eligible Veterans.

“We are 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 Jonathan Eckman, acting director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.

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

For more information, please contact Rosalia Scalia at Rosalia.scalia@va.gov.

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The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at three medical centers and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAMHCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAMHCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education. It costs nothing for veterans to enroll for health care with the VA Maryland Health Care System and it could be one of the more important things a veteran can do. To enroll for VA health care, interested veterans can call 877-222-8387 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or they can visit http://www.va.gov and clinic on “Apply now for VA health care.”

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