VA Providence Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations for Patients
Providence, R.I. – The VA Providence Healthcare System began COVID-19 vaccinations for Veteran patients today at the Providence VA Medical Center.
“The VA Providence Healthcare System is very excited to begin offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to our Veterans,” said Lawrence Connell, director of the VA Providence HCS. “As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”
VA Providence has a dedicated team that is actively contacting patients at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to schedule their vaccination appointments. There is no need for Veterans to preregister, call for an appointment or come to a facility to sign up.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear to be similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.
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 and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.