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Cleveland VA Medical Center selected to receive initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 11:43:43-05

CLEVELAND — The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland announced Friday that it will be one of several dozen veterans hospitals across the country to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The facility said it was selected for its ability to “vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at extremely cold temperatures.”

Thirty-six other VA sites were also selected for the initial vaccine distribution.

The VA said its ultimate goal is to offer the vaccine to veterans and its employees who want to be vaccinated.

“We are very excited to provide a vaccine that has the potential to help get COVID-19 under control when used alongside public health measures such as masking, physical distancing and frequent handwashing,” said VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System CEO Jill K. Dietrich.

The VA said it will notify veterans when distribution plans have been finalized.

More information can be found here.

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