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Pentagon and Veterans Affairs preparing to get and administer Covid vaccine

December 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Department of Defense is set to receive the coronavirus vaccine directly from the companies that manufacture it once it is approved for use, and will administer it to DOD personnel, a US official tells CNN.

(CNN)The Department of Defense is set to receive the coronavirus vaccine directly from the companies that manufacture it once it is approved for use, and will administer it to DOD personnel, a US official tells CNN.

At the same time, the Department of Veterans Affairs is telling veterans groups that vaccinations will start in the next few weeks.

Vaccinating health care workers first would be in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Pentagon is expected to issue additional guidance on vaccine distribution within the Defense Department next week.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says front-line health care workers within the VA system will be the first priority.

"VA has plans to provide the vaccination to Veterans and employees once it's available," spokesperson Christina Noel said in a written statement about the department's vaccination plans.

"Frontline health care workers would get first priority for vaccinations.

Tom Porter, executive vice president of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, confirmed that the VA had told veterans groups in a call Thursday that vaccine distribution would start "in the next couple weeks. "

Porter said they were told front-line health care workers would be prioritized first and said there were no details about whether certain veterans would be as well, such as older people, minorities or people with preexisting conditions.

A source familiar with the VA's decision making says Stone has decided he will not make the vaccine mandatory for Veterans Health Administration clinical staff unless -- and until -- it's gone through the full approval process at the Food and Drug Administration.

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