Patients at VA Providence now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

JOHN KIRBY receives the first COVID-19 vaccination for a veteran patient in the VA Providence Healthcare System who is not also an employee, from Deirdre Conlon, a registered nurse in the Dialysis Unit at the Providence VA Medical Center on Jan. 6. / COURTESY VA PROVIDENCE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM/KIMBERLY DIDONATO

PROVIDENCE – COVID-19 vaccinations are underway for patients at the VA Providence Healthcare System.

On Jan. 6, John Kirby, a veteran, was the first nonemployee to receive a first dose of the Moderna Inc. vaccine at the Providence VA Medical Center.

“As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated,” said Lawrence Connell, director of the VA Providence Healthcare System.

A Providence VA team is now contacting patients who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 to schedule vaccine appointments. While there is no need for veterans to preregister, call or sign up ahead of time, more information can be found at

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Elizabeth Graham is a PBN contributing writer.

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