Vaccines for veterans coming to Marina

Peninsula Premier Admin

MARINA — The Veterans Administration Palo Alto Healthcare System received approval to administer 600 doses of Moderna vaccine Feb. 13 at the Gourley Clinic in Marina it was announced Friday evening.

According to a county email, appointments are limited to veterans in the area who are 75 years old and older. To schedule an appointment veterans can call VA Palo Alto at (650) 496-2535 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Previously, the COVID-19 vaccine was being offered to eligible veterans through the Veterans Administration but for the estimated 17,500 veterans in Monterey County, that meant a round trip to Palo Alto to get the inoculation.

“This direct allocation would not have been possible without Representative (Jimmy) Panetta hearing the call of me and my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors,” Wendy Root Askew said in an email announcement. Askew represents District 4 on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. “I am incredibly appreciative to Jimmy and his team for activating when we reached out to advocate for our local veterans community.”

Last week Monterey County Veterans Services officer Jason Cameron said that Congressman Panetta’s office was helping work on identifying storage and redistribution solutions with the VA to enable the Marina clinic to provide the vaccines.

The outpatient clinic in Marina is part of the greater VA Palo Alto Healthcare System of which there are about 67,000 veterans enrolled. The VA Palo Alto consists of three inpatient and seven outpatient clinics. It had administered 10,040 Pfizer vaccinations to veterans and its staff as of Jan. 27.

Contributed by local news sources

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