18 Jan Breaking News: The Veteran Affairs Clinic in Cape Coral is now vaccinating veterans who are 75 years old and older
CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The Veteran Affairs Clinic [VA] in Cape Coral is vaccinating veterans who are 75 years old and older. Assistant Director Joseph Scotchlas said the VA is calling veterans who meet the current criteria one by one to schedule their appointments. Veteran Budd Lantz got one of those calls. “I had an appointment and got there early, and they took care of me immediately,” Lantz said. Right now, the VA is distributing the vaccine to veterans at its Cape Coral and Sarasota clinics. The President of Wounded Warriors in Collier County said the distance makes it quite a challenge for veterans to get vaccinated. “It’s difficult to get to the VA locations, so [it would be good] if they can get it closer to where the veterans are so it’s not a hardship for travel and transportation,” Mullin said. The VA said they are actively looking for ways to make it easier for veterans to get vaccinated. “So as we continue to receive more vaccines we are evaluating where can we offer vaccine to most veterans as safely as possible,” Scotchlas said. Tomorrow the VA will be vaccinating more than 1,000 veterans at its Cape Coral location. “I am glad that we have this opportunity to make sure our veterans receive it,” Scotchlas said. Unlike other locations, those veterans who get vaccinated with the VA will know when they walk out of their first vaccination when they have to come back for their second dose. “There is no worry, confusion, or added stress for them. We have already made capacity decisions in order to be able to provide the second dose,” Scotchlas said.