TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center will begin giving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to outpatient veterans starting January 12.
The medical center has set-up a vaccine clinic in the building 137 Sports Atrium and intends to begin vaccinating outpatient veterans according to the CDC’s risk-stratification guidelines, starting with veterans aged 75 and older.
This is only for veterans 75 and older who are enrolled at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.
The vaccine clinic will initially be in operation Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week. As vaccine availability increases, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center will be begin vaccinating more outpatient veterans following the VA’s goal of vaccinating all veterans who wish to receive the vaccine by the summer of 2021.
All outpatient veterans who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are asked to do the following:
• Sign up for email updates on vaccine distribution on VA’s COVID Vaccine webpage.
• If you are age 75 and older, please call the Tuscaloosa VA Call Center at 205-554-2010 to schedule your first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
• When you come to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, dress in a short-sleeved shirt or one that can be easily pulled up to get to your shoulder.
“This is an important vaccine for life-long health, well-being and resilience for our Veterans. It is a symbol of hope for our Veterans, staff and the Tuscaloosa community as a whole. We are making every effort to lead the way in providing this vital vaccine to all of our staff and Veterans who wish to receive it,” said John Merkle, Director of the Tuscaloosa VAMC.
As vaccine supplies increase, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations