VA Western Colorado Health Care System reaches milestone administering 10,000th vaccine

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FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 is prepared at a vaccination center of the 3rd district, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Western Colorado Health Care System began COVID-19 immunizations in late December 2020 and recently administered it’s 10,000th vaccine to eligible Veterans residing in rural and highly rural locations within a geographic area comprised of approximately 48,000 square miles.

 “Our collective goal has been to administer the vaccine to as many eligible Veterans (and now others) that wish to receive it and to do so a rapidly as possible,” said Executive Director Richard W. Salgueiro. “I am incredibly proud of our vaccination team with the deployment of these vaccines in such an incredibly time sensitive manner.  We are now recognized as leaders in the region on administration of vaccinations and it is due to the steadfast dedication of the Western Colorado Health Care System team.”

Per the “Save Lives Act” the Western Colorado Health Care system is now offering the vaccine to ALL Veterans, spouses, and caregivers who want to be vaccinated. If you fall into one of these groups and are interested, please go to, and “sign up.” Please wait for 24hrs then call 970-242-0731 and press option 2 to schedule your vaccine.

Veterans seeking additional information should visit the VA Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs webpage,, or can call our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 405-456-7119.

Veterans are able to get the latest information and sign-up for updates on VA’s COVID Vaccine webpage.

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