Amarillo VA holds special COVID-19 vaccination clinic on MLK Day

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday.

The VA said with Monday being a federal holiday and the clinics closed they had more staff available to give vaccines to veterans.

“I think it gives them an opportunity to come in, and especially the veterans that work during the day, and that can’t get here during the weekday. this provides them an opportunity on holiday to come in and get vaccinated,” said Donna Pekrul, nurse manager for the outpatient clinic.

Pekrul said she had 30 staff members volunteer to help inoculate veterans today.

“The quicker we can get this vaccine in the arms, the better off we’re going to be,” said Pekrul.

200 appointments were available to veterans over 65, something Veteran Edward Ownes. is grateful for.

I appreciate the hospitality that y’all are doing,” said Owens. “It gives me a little bit relaxation of the mind to not worry so much about what might happen.”

Pekrul said they are using the Moderna vaccine, meaning a second dose is required.

“All these veterans that are coming in today are scheduled for February 15 to come for their second dose,” said Pekrul.

Pekrul said they hope to give 200 inoculations today.

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.

“Thank you to our staff for volunteering and coming out today to help with our veterans, giving this vaccination to them, and also help just put everything together … We couldn’t do without them. It’s a team effort,” said Pekrul.

Veterans can get up-to-date information on the VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page.


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