As the VA expands who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, officials say they have the capacity to continue accepting more appointments.
Dr. Aref Rahman is the Chief of Staff at the Butler VA and he lays out how many people he thinks they can vaccinate.
“I think we can vaccinated as many as 30,000 people. That’s what our goal is, but we can probably do even more if need be,” Rahman said. “We’re getting vaccine from the central office; it’s being allocated to us as we keep vaccinating.”
On Monday, the VA expanded eligibility to anyone who served in the military, their spouses, or a caregiver. Rahman says if you fall into one of those groups—make an appointment.
“In terms of the supply, I promptly encourage and recommend all veterans or caregivers to sign up, because if you sign up we will be able to give you the vaccine,” Rahman said. “We have plenty of supply at this time.”
The Butler VA has administered over 13,000 vaccinations so far, which works out to nearly 7,500 people overall.
Hear Tracey Morgan’s interview with Dr. Aref Rahman below: