VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
VASNHCS Administering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
RENO, NEV — VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) began administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care providers and resident Veterans on Tuesday, December 22, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization last week.
“VASNHCS is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care personnel and our Veterans in the Community Living Center,” said Lisa Howard, VASNHCS Director. “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered. As vaccine supplies increase, our goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”
VASNHCS is one of 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1A prioritization and capacity to store the vaccine at -20◦C.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is 94 percent effective in clinical trials to prevent COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear like those of other vaccines and are short-lived.
Thirty-seven VA Medical Centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans December 14, 2020. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.
Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.
As vaccines become available for more groups of Veterans, 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.