VAGLAHS selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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VAGLAHS selected as one of 37 VA sites to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine

December 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Press Release header. Office of Public Affairs Media Relations (310) 268-3340 VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov

LOS ANGELES – VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) 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, VAGLAHS 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 work with Veterans and their families to 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 Steven E. Braverman, M.D., Director, VAGLAHS.

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

For more information, please contact (Steve Ruh) at (Steven.Ruh@va.gov) or (818) 987-6989 or (Donnell Evans) at (Donnell.Evans2@va.gov) or (213) 732-0592.

ABOUT VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 9 community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. There are approximately 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. For more information, call (310) 268-3340 or visit us at www.losangeles.va.gov. Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.

 

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