COVID-19 Vaccine for High Risk Veterans - Durham VA Health Care System
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COVID-19 Vaccine for High Risk Veterans

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The Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) has received authorization to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable Veterans including Veteran frontline essential workers in our communities.

By Dr. Genevieve Embree, Deputy Chief of Public Health and Epidemiology
Thursday, December 31, 2020

As always, we are honored to serve Veterans in their medical and clinical needs, and we are equally excited to present this opportunity to you also. We greet you with some positive news concerning the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) has received authorization to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable Veterans including Veteran frontline essential workers in our communities.  

Two (2) safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The COVID-19 vaccines are highly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, the vaccines are in limited supply. However, we will be offering vaccinations to Veterans who are at high risk of being exposed, hospitalized, or dying due to COVID-19.  

We are pleased to be able to start scheduling the following groups of Veterans for COVID-19 vaccination:  

Veterans   

  • Age 75 and older
  • Dialysis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Homeless   

Veteran frontline essential workers               

  • First responders (firefighters, police)
  • Education (teachers, support staff, daycare)
  • Agriculture and food processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers    

The COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine doses will be given 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine doses will be given 28 days apart. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given within 14 days of any other vaccine.

If you fall into one of the groups listed above, please call the Durham VA at 919-286-0411 and dial 0 for the operator to schedule the appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. As additional vaccine becomes available, we will be reaching out to more Veterans.

COVID-19 continues to affect many North Carolinians. Vaccination is important to stop the spread of COVID-19 and end the pandemic so we can get back to our lives and gather with others safely. The two (2) available COVID-19 vaccines have been studied in tens of thousands of people and have been determined to be very safe and very effective at preventing COVID-19.  

In the meantime, please continue to wear your mask, distance from others, and wash your hands often.  We can fight this pandemic together!   

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