VA Palo Alto selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) announced today that it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“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 Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, VAPAHCS Director and U.S. Army Veteran.

VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) announced today that it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The health care system 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, VAPAHCS 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 it. Our ultimate goal is to offer it to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.

“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 Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, VAPAHCS Director and U.S. Army Veteran.

Veterans seeking additional information should visit the VA Coronavirus FAQs webpage or the COVID-19 vaccines at VA webpage.

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