Saturday, December 12, 2020 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Hines Veterans Administration Hospital announced on Dec. 11 that they were selected as one of 37 VA hospitals in the country to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement, Hines officials said the hospital was selected for its “ability to vaccinate large numbers of people and store the vaccines at extremely cold temperatures.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, Hines will start vaccinating health care personnel and veterans soon. In order for the vaccine to be issued, the Food and Drug Administration had to issue an emergency use authorization for the vaccine, which happened on Dec. 11.
In its statement, Hines officials said the “vaccine implementation will include an initial limited-supply phase followed by a general implementation phase, when large supplies of the vaccine will be available to Veterans who want to receive one. Our ultimate goal is to offer it to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”
Hines officials said as more vaccine becomes available, they will schedule appointments with eligible veterans.
“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 James Doelling, Hines VA’s hospital director.
The news that Hines will receive initial COVID-19 vaccine doses comes a week after state officials announced that Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood, would be among 10 Illinois hospitals selected to serve as regional distribution sites that will distribute the first doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine.
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