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Huntsville Veterans Affairs coronavirus vaccine clinic opens

"This is a great chance for veterans to say, ‘you know what, we’re going to lead by example, and we’re going to get the vaccine, and really show folks that this can help solve the problem.'"

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 8:15 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2021 10:11 PM

On Tuesday, the Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic had its first mass coronavirus vaccine clinic.

One hundred and eighty veterans in North Alabama who are 65 and older rolled up their sleeves to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

People at the clinic told WAAY 31 the expansion of the vaccine clinic gives them hope.

“I’m waiting to get back to normal. This has been a long year. I hope this thing settles everything down and curves go down, and everybody gets back to work," said veteran Larry Bossong. 

On Tuesday, Bossong was one of the 180 veterans in North Alabama to receive a vaccine. 

The VA's Chief Executive Officer of Health Care in Birmingham, Stacy Vasquez, said veterans have always been leaders and the number of veterans wanting to get the vaccine shows just that. 

“I can’t think of a bad situation that’s happened in the United States where veterans haven’t been at the forefront in some way of providing security, or peace keeping, or fighting for our Constitution, all of those things," she said. "This is a great chance for veterans to say, ‘you know what, we’re going to lead by example, and we’re going to get the vaccine, and really show folks that this can help solve the problem.'”

The clinic is giving the vaccine to 180 veterans every weekday on an appointment-only basis.

Jack Byrd was another veteran eager to get the vaccine, and is glad it's another opportunity to serve our country. 

“I came last week and told them to sign me up. I’ve been waiting for it," he said. 

If you're a veteran who is younger than 65 and would like to get the vaccine, you can fill out an interest survey and the VA will reach out to you once you're eligible to get the vaccine.

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