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    VA Expects COVID-19 Boosters This Week, Urges Patients and Employees to Vax Up

    VA Expects COVID-19 Boosters This Week, Urges Patients and Employees to Vax Up

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging patients and employees to get their -19 boosters to protect against variants that may cause severe illness, especially in vulnerable veterans.

    Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the under secretary of veterans affairs for health, said Monday the VA is expected to be among the first federal agencies to get the COVID-19 booster shot, made by Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, likely by the end of the week.

    The immunization, approved earlier this month by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for those six months or older, targets several variants, including the highly transmissible XBB.1.5 type of the virus, nicknamed the Kraken because it's easier to remember than a jumble of letters and numbers.

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    “The updated 2023-2024 vaccine … tested pretty effectively against most of the variants that are out there right now,” Elnahal said in a press call with reporters Monday. “We're confident and hopeful this will add an extra layer of protection, especially to our most vulnerable veterans.”

    The department will begin offering the vaccine at medical centers across the country shortly after it begins receiving doses. According to Elnahal, the vaccine will be available alongside the flu vaccine at immunization clinics and, at some medical…

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