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Appointments still available for COVID vaccine through VA Hospital in Reno

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 5:03 PM PST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:48 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Veterans Hospital in Reno still has spots available for veterans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Organizers told KOLO 8 News Now on Friday that of the 480 vaccines available, 355 have been scheduled. That means there are still 125 vaccines available to veterans 75 years and older.

On Thursday, 88-year-old Lorimer Hill, a Korean veteran, made his way to the shot clinic to get his COVID-19 vaccination.

“Some people over 70 are more susceptible getting severely sick and not getting over it,” says Hill of the coronavirus. “So, I’m looking forward to next year,” he says laughing.

Hill is a lucky guy. Especially when you consider many veterans his age are clamoring to get the COVID vaccination.

Once the clinic is done vaccinating veterans 75 and older, they will work their way back to younger age groups.

“I think as we talked about the risk as you get older and there is just a huge desire to get the vaccine,” says Heather Mooney, a pharmacist with the Veterans Hospital in Reno, who is coordinating the COVID vaccination program.

For those veterans who have access to the internet, it is suggested they go to the VA COVID-19 information page and scroll down to and click on the “continue without signing in” box.

From there you can fill out all the information needed: of particular importance, your phone number and zip code. At the end of the clinic day, if there is any more vaccine left, you could be contacted with very short notice to get the shot. Otherwise you will be notified by phone, email, letter or other means to sign up for an appointment.

For veterans who have no access to the internet, call 775-786-7200.

On Saturday, January 23, the VA will be administering 480 vaccines to clients 75 years and older.

Call the above number to get an appointment.

The following website will help veterans get registered for notification of vaccine availability: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed

Other social media outlets include:

1. Website: www.Reno.VA.gov

2. Facebook: RenoVA

3. Twitter & Instagram: VARenoNevada

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