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VA Southern Nevada dispenses more than 1,200 doses of vaccine in first week

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 18:56:26-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has dispensed more than 1,200 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in its first week of distribution.

Between Dec. 16-22, VASNHS provided the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination to 1,232 individuals, including healthcare workers and its first Veteran patients who are currently residing in the Las Vegas Residential, Recovery and Renewal Center (LVR3) at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center.

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LVR3 is a 30-45 day, 20-bed substance use and gambling residential treatment program that provides research-based, high quality interventions to assist Veteran residents. As such, it is classified as a long-term residential care facility and meets CDC guidelines for ensuring the highest-priority individuals for receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19 vaccine implementation is currently in an initial limited-supply phase, which will be followed by a general implementation. 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.