Salem VA to offer nearly 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, urges veterans to schedule appointments


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Salem VA Health Care System is planning to administer nearly 2,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week and is urging enrolled veterans who qualify for Phase 1b of vaccination to schedule an appointment.

According to the Salem VA Health Care System, veterans who are in Phase 1b of the CDC’s vaccination priority guidelines will receive appointments first, including essential frontline workers and people age 75 and older. If you are a veteran who meets at least one of these criteria, you are asked to call (540) 982-2463, press #2, and schedule your appointment between Monday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 12.

Veterans who meet the qualifications for Phase 1c — which are listed below — are also encouraged to call and voice their interest in the vaccine so staff members can contact them for future appointments.

  • People age 65 and older
  • People ages 16 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19
  • Other essential workers

“Next week we plan to administer 1,500 first dose and 468 second doses of the vaccine to Veterans,” said Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Chief of Pharmacy Services at Salem VA. “This shipment is a large increase in the number of doses we usually receive in a week and the single largest shipment we’ve received to date, so this is an excellent opportunity to help speed up the immunization process in our community.”

The COVID-19 vaccines are set to be administered in the auditorium in Building 5.

Veterans are asked to show up on-time but not for their vaccination due to spacing limitations from social distancing protocols. In addition, follow-up vaccination appointments will reportedly be scheduled after the first dose. 

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