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San Antonio VA Medical Center will begin administering COVID-19 vaccine to veterans on Saturday

Veterans that are 75-years-old or older are eligible to receive the vaccine, health officials say

FILE - This Dec. 24, 2020, file photo, shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is shown at Seton Medical Center during the coronavirus pandemic in Daly City, Calif. Only about 1% of California's 40 million residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, that the pace is "not good enough" as the virus continues to ravage the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - This Dec. 24, 2020, file photo, shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is shown at Seton Medical Center during the coronavirus pandemic in Daly City, Calif. Only about 1% of California's 40 million residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, that the pace is "not good enough" as the virus continues to ravage the state. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – Veterans that are 75-years-old or older in San Antonio are eligible to be next in line to receive their COVID-19 vaccine from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System announced Wednesday that it will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine every Saturday, beginning Jan. 9, to enrolled veterans.

Those that want to receive the vaccine must have proper identification to verify their enrollment and must schedule both doses of the vaccine, as both are required for maximum protection against COVID-19.

Health officials said the vaccinations are only for enrolled veterans, and this does not include their caregivers and/or family members.

“Large scale vaccination is the key to ending the disruption of COVID-19. My team won’t rest until we’ve vaccinated every veteran enrolled in our health care system. I ask that our nations heroes show their bravery by getting vaccinated, leading this nation as they have so many times before.” said Medical Center Director, Christopher Sandles in a statement. “We have several thousand doses for Veterans 75 and older, of which we have 12,000 enrolled. We are offering the vaccine to this group early, but if unused, will immediately expand the offering to younger Veterans.”

Below are the locations where eligible veterans can enroll to receive their COVID-19 vaccine:

Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital

  • Vaccination Clinic, 1st floor
  • 7400 Merton Minter Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78229
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Frank M. Tejeda Outpatient Clinic

  • Vaccination Clinic, 1st floor
  • 5788 Eckherdt Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Veterans are urged to plan accordingly, as the wait to receive their vaccine can be extended depending on how busy the clinics are.

Side effects from the vaccine are possible and may include injection site pain, tiredness and a headache, according to health officials. However, symptoms usually go away within 48 hours.

To learn more about the vaccine, visit the VA’s COVID vaccine webpage here.

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