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Residents and staff at state veterans home receive COVID-19 vaccine

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Alexander City, Ala. —  A pharmacy team arrived early Tuesday at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City to administer the first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the home’s residents and staff as part of Phase 1a. of the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan.

Marine Corps veteran, Otis Shealey, was the first among 468 veterans who reside at the state’s four veterans homes to receive the vaccine.  Giving a “thumbs-up” after receiving the vaccine, Shealy said “I feel great after taking the vaccine and I’m proud to aid in the fight against the virus.”

“We are very pleased with the planning and preparation that went into rolling out the vaccine today for our residents and staff at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home,” said ADVA Commissioner Kent Davis. “Our staff and the pharmacy team did an outstanding job administering the vaccine and we’re on track to complete the first round of vaccinations for all four homes by Jan. 11.”

The vaccine will be administered to the remaining three state veterans homes in the next two weeks:

  • Dec. 31, Floyd E. ‘Tut’ Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville
  • Jan 7, William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette
  • Jan 11, Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City

The state veterans homes will receive the second and final dose of the Pfizer vaccine by February.

 


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