The Compass -- Express the VA Medical Center Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Newsletter

Friday, January 8, 2021 8:16 am

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Vaccinations underway at CAVHS

Front-line staff, CLC, vulnerable populations first

Photo of Vaccine boxesCentral Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has received three shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We are still in the initial round of vaccinating our front-line workers and our long-term Community Living Center residents.

With the latest shipments, CAVHS has begun vaccinating vulnerable populations such as Veterans 75 and over, those on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy, have had a transplant, and/or are homeless. A CAVHS staff member will contact each enrolled Veteran when it is time to schedule his or her vaccination.

CAVHS is following the CDC and Veterans Health Administration prioritization protocols for vaccine distribution. Homeless and at-risk Veterans at the CAVHS Day Treatment Center in downtown Little Rock are scheduled next for their initial vaccination.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two rounds. Once a staff member or Veteran receives the first dose, the second dose is scheduled for approximately 28 days later.

Vaccines will be available beginning January 8 at the Hot Springs, Conway and Pine Bluff CBOCs to Veterans 75 and over who have had an appointment in the last year. A mobile vaccination team from Little Rock will be traveling to each CBOC over the next few months. A staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.

More announcements will me made as more vaccine is made available.

94-year-old Veteran William Foster receives his first COVID-19 vaccination from CAVHS nurse Sharonda Randle as Dr. Margie Scott, Medical Center director provides comfort.





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