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Milwaukee VA selected to receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 13:04:25-05

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee VA has been selected as one of 37 VA's across the country to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Milwaukee's medical center was selected due to its capability to vaccine large numbers of people and to store the vaccine at very cold temperatures.

Just last week, the VA received specially made refrigerators that can store the vaccine at temperatures as cold as -80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Milwaukee VA will begin vaccinating health care employees and Veterans in VA’s long-term care facilities once the Food and Drug Administration issues an emergency use authorization for a vaccine, the VA said in a press release Friday.

The initial doses will be of limited supply. However, once more vaccines become available, the VA will offer it to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.

Milwaukee's VA also said they will schedule appointments with eligible Veterans when large amounts of the vaccine are available.

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