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Week Of Special Interest 12/23/20
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By La Voz Staff

VA to begin COVID-19 vaccinations

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin COVID-19 vaccinations this week at 128 additional sites using the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

On December 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is the second COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized.

ôHaving a second COVID-19 vaccine will enable us to reach more facilities and vaccinate more health care personnel and Veterans in additional parts of the country,ö said VA Secretary Robert L. Wilkie. ôWe continue to implement ourCOVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and are grateful to be one step closer to seeing the end of this pandemic.ö

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, VA will continue to vaccinate health care personnel, as well as community living center and spinal cord unit residents. As vaccine supplies increase, VAĺs ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.

113 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and outpatient clinics will receive limited Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supplies this week.


Grand Junction VA Medical Center


Dwight D. Eisenhower (Leavenworth) VA Medical Center

Colmery-OĺNeil (Topeka) VA Medical Center

Robert J. Dole (Wichita) VA Medical Center


Salt Lake City VA Health Care System


Cheyenne VA Medical Center

Sheridan VA Medical Center

Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDCĺs 1a prioritization after confirming they could appropriately store the vaccine at -20?C. Since the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine remains stable in regular refrigeration, VA expects to distribute it to more facilities when supplies are available.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 disease based on scientific data presented at FDAĺs Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee on December 17. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.

As vaccines become available, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.

Veterans can get up-to-date information and sign up to receive regular updates on VAĺs COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump this week declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm from October 26 to October 29.

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis announced that effective January 2021, state employees will be eligible for Paid Family Medical Leave program to care for a loved one, welcome a new child into the home, or recover from a serious illness. ôOne of the core values of my administration is supporting families. That is why I have championed lowering the cost of healthcare with programs like reinsurance, free full day kindergarten and expanding access to preschool. It is also why many of my senior and cabinet level positions are held by women, many of whom are parenting young children,ö said Governor Jared Polis.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has designated Murphy Robinson, Executive Director of the Department of Safety, as Deputy Mayor for 2021. Robinson has served as Executive Director of Public Safety for the City and County of Denver since his appointment in May 2020, and previously served as Deputy Mayor for 2019 when he was Executive Director of General Services. The Deputy Mayor exercises the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Mayor whenever the Mayor is unable, for any cause, to perform the duties of the office. Per ž 2.1.2 of the Denver Charter, the Mayor shall designate a member of the cabinet as Deputy Mayor, with the designation being valid for one year. Robinsonĺs designation as Deputy Mayor will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.





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