VA Provides COVID-19 Vaccines To Veterans In Massachusetts

WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.

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- New tonight, all veterans and their spouses are eligible to get vaccinated at VA facilities and it is a big relief for our national heroes.

- WBZ's Bill Shields caught up with some of them as they waited for their first dose.

- Thank you.

BILL SHIELDS: They lined up in the morning for their shots; veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Vietnam. Navy veteran Kevin Cook was right there. A SeaBee, who spent months in Iraq, he knows veterans need care based on their experiences.

KEVIN COOK: There's issues that we faced wherever we went-- Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Those things are going to come back later on. We don't need to also add COVID to that list.

BILL SHIELDS: Mark Compana served during Vietnam and today, he and his wife were relieved to be finally getting vaccinated.

- It's definitely a relief.

- You know, it's great to come down here, jump right in, and get it. One shot deal, it's great.

BILL SHIELDS: The Boston VA has been ahead of the curve in getting shots to its veterans but maybe there's an obvious reason for it.

- It's an earned benefit for veterans to receive health care from the VA, so we're more than happy to help all veterans and get veterans back to a normal lifestyle that they're accustomed to.

BILL SHIELDS: By the end of the day, they will have vaccinated 300 veterans and their spouses right here, but they're not done. They have two more clinics this week, one at a VFW Hall in Raynham, the other the VFW Hall right here in Brockton. I'm Bill Shields, WBZ News.