Casper VA Clinic offering free vaccines to veterans of all ages
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper VA Clinic has been distributing COVID-19 vaccines to veterans for about a month, and it typically receives about 300 doses each week. This week, it received almost 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As a result, it is offering veterans of all ages the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Feb. 12, and its goal is to give all of the vaccines received this week out in about 10 days.
Casper and Riverton CBOC Manager Tanya Morrison said it is really pushing for veterans to come down and receive the vaccine. “It just protects the community so much more,” said Morrison. “We want to make sure that we get all of the vaccines that we have received given and don’t want to waste any either.”
It is able to provide veterans of all ages the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because of the extra vaccines it received this week. It is also to offer this because it has been able to move down the list and get many elderly veterans and veterans with pre-existing condition vaccinated.
“We’re very protective of our veterans, and we want to give them the very best care that we can possibly give them,” said Morrison.
Morrison said the percentage of veterans that have reported reactions to receiving the vaccine is very small and encourages veterans to do their research and what’s best for them.
She also said tiredness and flu-like symptoms are an expected reaction. “That is an indication that you’re having a good response to the vaccine, and that you’re building that protection that you need.”
Veterans that are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to call 307-235-4143, extension 1299, to schedule an appointment for Friday, Feb. 12. Additional vaccination opportunities will be available in the future, too.
The Casper VA Clinic is located at 6000 E 2nd Street in Casper.
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