Lebanon VA vaccine clinic vaccinates hundreds of veterans a day

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — Many local veterans are praising the COVID vaccination process at the Lebanon VA. A thumbs up and a sign of hope as shots go into the arms of veterans.

Peter Bedrosian received his second dose on Wednesday. He said he hopes by getting vaccinated, he’ll soon be able to see his wife more.

“It’s more difficult to visit my wife. She’s in a village and I can only visit through some double doors in the vestibule and I go in once a week,” Bedrosian said.

Veterans come to the VA vaccine clinic by appointment only. Once they get the shot, they can schedule their second appointment for the future.

The clinic is able to vaccinate up to 500 veterans per day. Vaccinations for Phase 1A started at the end of December. The VA is currently in Phase 1C and is hoping it will be able to expand to the VA Community Care Clinics once shipment sizes increase.

“It’s a great opportunity and very humbling to be able to do this for our nation’s heroes and we’re happy to make it an efficient process that they feel safe,” said Ashley Klick, vaccine coordinator at Lebanon VA Medical Center.

“It’s wonderful because of my age and because of my own health concerns, I know this is going to give me some protection,” veteran Michelle Hartsock said.

Hartsock received her first COVID vaccine but knows the struggles others are facing when it comes to finding an appointment.

“I have elderly parents that I’m having difficulty getting a slot to get them immunized,” Hartsock said.  “They are 89 and 93 and I’m very concerned about them so I want to get them taken care of.”

If local veterans 65 years and older are enrolled at the Lebanon VA but have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, they are encouraged to call the number listed to schedule an appointment at 717-228-5965.

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