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Hines VA Hospital selected as one of 37 VA Sites to Receive Initial Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
December 11, 2020
, IL — Hines VA Hospital today announced that it has been selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The VA hospital was selected for its ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at extremely cold temperatures.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, Hines VA Hospital 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 schedule appointments with eligible Veterans.
“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 Hines VA Hospital Director James Doelling.