GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Hundreds of enrolled veterans get a first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Staying on top of the process, the V.A. was able to provide everyone 65 and older in its community with a vaccine, so veterans of all ages are able to partake in this clinic.
Administrators assert how careful planning plays a major part in the safety of this event.
“We have a period of time, which is 15 minutes, for medical staff that are observing them,” Richard Salguiero explains, “If they demonstrate any side effects, we have the ability to take care of them. Actually, it’s right next to our emergency room as well so we have that capacity built into this process.”
CDC guidelines apply from beginning to end. Since the clinic accepts walk-ins just as much as appointments, every veteran got in and out within thirty minutes.
Veterans express how easy the process was for them, encouraging others not to hesitate for their chance with the vaccine.
“They’re not gonna approve anything that is gonna be detrimental to us, so you gotta trust that,” Jimmy Kleager shares, “and you gotta trust that getting your vaccine is gonna help everybody, in the long-term, get over this COVID.”
“If you’re not allergic to it, at least get it,” Don Hix recommends, “that way, you’re protected and everybody else is too.”
The V.A. Healthcare Administration wants to host more events like this. Veterans who got vaccinated today are set to receive their second dose next month.