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Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 8:17 AM

Tracy Wright, RN, gives the first Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center to Josh Cloud, an RN on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System began COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22 following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

VA has worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. The goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time. Under this plan, the center will first offer vaccines to VA health care personnel followed by high-risk veterans.

If you’re eligible to get a vaccine, a VA health care team will contact you. The staff can’t provide vaccines to anyone who isn’t eligible at this time.

“VA is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and our veterans,” said Mark E. Morgan, director of the Eastern Oklahoma VA health system. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered. As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.

Thirty-seven medical centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.

Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.

Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage, which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page.