“Do it for yourself, for your family”; The latest push from Hampton VA Medical Center

HAMPTON, Virginia – The Hampton VA Medical Center is making another attempt to vaccinate veterans against COVID-19 and the flu.

“If we can stop people from going to the hospital because of a flu shot, prevent the flu, we’re going to take the pressure off the whole health care system,” said Dr James Dixon, deputy chief of primary care at Hampton VA Medical. Center.

It’s a system that Dixon says has been outdated and overworked over the past year and a half.

“Our hospitals and healthcare workers are really stressed and tense right now,” he said. “We don’t know exactly what COVID is going to do in the weeks and months to come, but these hospital beds will most likely be valuable.”

To keep more hospital beds empty this winter, doctors are pushing for veterans to get the flu shot in addition to their COVID vaccine.

Dr Carl Kesgan, chief of pharmacy services at Hampton VA Medical Center, said, “If our veterans haven’t received it yet, now is the best time to make sure they are fully protected during the high season.

He said the center had held briefings to answer questions about getting the COVID vaccine, the flu shot and both at the same time.

“For the flu, it has been very effective with mild side effects for many years,” Kesgan said. “We now have a lot of evidence that all COVID-19 vaccines work very, very well. “

Dixon echoed the sentiment, adding, “Join us in getting the vaccine. Do it for yourself, your family, your neighbors, the kids running on the sidewalks in your neighborhood.”

As of Monday, November 1, flu shots will be available at the center’s main entrance:

  • Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon

Veterans can also receive flu shots at outlying community clinics in Chesapeake, Elizabeth City, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

People wishing to be vaccinated against COVID can do so at:

  • The Medical Center, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Chesapeake Wednesdays 8 a.m. to noon
  • Elizabeth City Community Clinic Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon

Click here for more information on receiving a COVID vaccine and making an appointment.

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