VA clinic opens early for vaccine distribution to veterans

Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 7:29 AM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The North Charleston Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center says although they are scheduled to be complete and open this summer, they are opening a portion early as a vaccination clinic for veterans.

The North Charleston VA says starting Monday, veterans 70-years-old and older, who are enrolled in VA health care, will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The VA says they hope to vaccinate up to 5,000 Veterans per week, but that is dependent on the availability of vaccines. They do however say the VA is inoculating with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center CEO Scott Isaacks says once the new North Charleston VA clinic opens in the Summer, it will be specializing in primary care and mental health for veterans.

“The VA exists for our veterans,” Isaacks said. “The VA exists for the incredible service that our veterans have given to protect our freedoms. So, we want to make sure every veteran that is eligible for VA care gets the care that they are entitled to. So, we want every veteran that is eligible, to show up to get the vaccine. And I’ll take it one step further, we would love for our veterans to come here and get care in addition to the vaccine.”

Vaccinations start at 8 a.m., but officials say patients must make an appointment by calling the VA’s appointment hotline at 843-789-6900. The VA says that line is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The VA says more information on the vaccine clinic can be found on their website.

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