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COVID-19 vaccine offered at West Palm Beach VA this week

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday through Friday.

No appointment is needed, but you need to meet specific criteria.

All those who receive the vaccine must be a veteran who is also one or more of the following:

~ 65 years and older
~ Living in community living centers or other congregate living settings
~ Homeless
~ Hemodialysis patients
~ Solid organ transplant patients or patients who are listed for transplant
~ Chemotherapy patients
~ Essential Frontline Workers.

You must bring identification or documentation that you are employed as an essential worker defined by the CDC.
If you have received any vaccine, such as the flu or shingles vaccines, you will need to wait 14 days from the date of that vaccination before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Also, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States. Below is a list of the retail pharmacies in Florida that will be receiving vaccine through this program during the week of February 8, 2020.

Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Southeastern Grocers
Walmart, Inc.

And, new mass COVID-19 vaccination site opened on Wednesday at the South Florida Fairgrounds near West Palm Beach.

County leaders officially unveiled the site last week, saying it will be a more centralized location for Palm Beach County residents to receive their shots.

However, you can’t just show up and expect to get vaccinated. You must have an appointment.