VAMC’s in W. Va. to receive first distribution of Moderna vaccine

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The facade of Moderna, Inc. headquarters is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. The Food and Drug Administration said that a second potential COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moderna, appears safe and highly effective, bringing it to the cusp of U.S. authorization. A panel of outside experts is expected to vote to recommend the formula on Thursday, with the FDA’s green light coming soon thereafter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

WASHINGTON, DC (WVNS) — All four VA Medical Centers (VAMC) in West Virginia will receive the first distribution of the Moderna vaccine. A press release from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office states the VAMCs will begin distribution of the vaccine as early as next week.

“Today, I heard directly from Veterans Affairs officials that VA facilities in West Virginia will be receiving the initial allocation of the of the Moderna vaccine as early as next week,” Sen. Manchin said. “I’m pleased the Department of Veterans Affairs has acted quickly after my inquiry last week to remedy the situation. West Virginia Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices on behalf of our nation and are one of the most at-risk populations in the country. That’s why ensuring they quickly receive the vaccine is of the upmost importance. I will continue working with VA and other Administration officials to ensure every West Virginian has access to a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible.”

This announcement comes after Senator Manchin called on the VA to provide an explanation for the exclusion of many rural Veterans, including West Virginia Veterans, from the VA’s initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution and implementation plan. Senator Manchin also implored the VA to prioritize rural VAMCs for initial distribution of the vaccine at last week’s Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.

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