ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Thousands of veterans of St. Louis The Louis area is now qualified to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to officials, veterans registered in St. Louis, and who are 65 years of age or older, or veterans of any age with an underlying condition or illness make an appointment to get the vaccine.
Although veterans must be registered in St. Louis VA, they do not need to actively receive care. Chuck Von Bokel and his brother Marty both served in the Vietnam War and after several phone calls were able to make appointments to get the COVID-1
“I didn’t think I was going to get it until May or June, so when I found out I got it on Friday, I did a happy dance all day,” Chuck said.
Dr. Patricia McKelvy, a primary care physician in St. Louis VA, said they began administering vaccines to hospitalized veterans weeks ago.
On Monday, they began giving vaccines to outpatient veterans who qualified. The vaccines are being administered at Jefferson Barracks and will from Thursday also be offered at a VA clinic at 2727 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. Louis.
“The response has at times overwhelmed our telephone system, so we have tried to increase the number of channels that veterans can use to communicate with us,” McKelvy said.
Instead of calling, McKelvy encourages veterans to email stlcovidvetvaccine@VA.gov to make an appointment. She said they are working to vaccinate any veteran who wants the vaccine. For veterans not qualifying right now, McKelvy said the VA will send letters to them when it’s their turn to get the vaccine.
She said they are working to extend the hours at the clinics and offer appointments on the weekends to ensure they provide vaccines to all veterans who want them.
“Our goal is to vaccinate all veterans,” McKelvy said. “It is our overriding goal to vaccinate every single person who wants to be vaccinated, and we are doing everything we can to make that happen.”