VA Caribbean Healthcare System
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution For Veterans
January 15, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAN 14, 2021
VA San Juan Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna at selected VA Clinics.
Mayaguez and Ponce, Puerto Rico — The San Juan VA Caribbean Healthcare System and selected Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS) will start COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.
“The VA Clinics in Ponce and Mayaguez will be offering COVID-19 vaccine to all patients 65 years old and above, starting tomorrow!” said Daniel Massa Jr:. spokesperson and Chief, Patient and Community Relations Services Office of the San Juan VA Hospital. Additionally, the San Juan VACHS will be vaccinating during the Martin Luther King observance day this next Monday, January 18, 2021, from 08:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered, healing is coming! As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”
Veterans visiting the San Juan VACHS or their selected clinics for vaccination may come as walk-in or by appointment during regular hours. Veterans in San Juan VACHS should report to the OPA patio. Patients interested in getting vaccinated at a later time, can have their interest documented in their medical records. Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s prioritization.
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 similar to 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.
For more information and to schedule appointments, the direct line is: 787-641-4591 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.