St. Cloud VA Health Care System
St. Cloud VA begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
December 22, 2020
The St. Cloud VA Health Care System will begin COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.
“The St. Cloud VA is ready to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and high-risk health care personnel, said Dr. Brent A. Thelen, St. Cloud VA Health Care System Director. As vaccine supplies increase, our goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”
The St. Cloud VA is one of 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1A prioritization and capacity to store the vaccine at -20◦C.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear like those of other vaccines and are short-lived.
Thirty-seven medical centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.
Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.
As vaccines become available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.