Lawmakers tour vaccine site for veterans at West Haven VA Medical Center

Connecticut lawmakers toured the West Haven VA Medical Center Sunday where progress was made to vaccinate the state's veterans.

News 12 Staff

Jan 31, 2021, 11:23 PM

Updated 1,175 days ago

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Connecticut lawmakers toured the West Haven VA Medical Center Sunday where progress was made to vaccinate the state's veterans.
Two vaccination clinics were held, one being for those receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the other for those receiving a second dose.
State officials say 8,300 veterans between the ages of 65 and 106 were vaccinated by the end of the day.
Lawmakers say the vaccine shortage is holding the hospital back from giving out more doses and are hoping President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package will help with production.
The hospital serves 49,000 veterans, with a goal to vaccine 70% of them.
Rep. Jahana Hayes says they also need to discuss in Washington how to better meet the needs of the entire veteran community, like caretakers.
The hospital has partnered with Fairfield University's nursing program. Students are helping distribute the vaccines.


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