The number one thing on the minds of many Buffalonians is getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Buffalo residents that may be veterans or family members of elderly veterans have had concerns about how their loved ones will be vaccinated as well. The staff members of the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System recently weighed in on the best way to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible veterans.

One of the major concerns of the staff members was the potential safety risk of bringing the veterans to the Buffalo VA Medical Center for appointments. Officials of the center got creative and set up a dedicated vaccination clinic in a large, climate-controlled tent in the parking lot right outside the main hospital. This system is the first of its kind in the national VA health system, and because of this creative move, the local VA health network has provided initial vaccine doses to more than 14,000 veterans over the last six weeks.

God Bless our United States government. Our veterans being taken care of.

said, Courtney Domowicz, COVID-19 vaccine coordinator for the regional VA. according to

Because of the success of this system, other VA health centers now send their unused vaccine doses to Buffalo because of the efficient way that the staff here get the shots in the arms. The tent systems provide more than 600 shots per day and most appointments only last about 25 minutes.

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