HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) announced Monday that four state veterans homes, including the Floyd E. 'Tut' Fann State Veterans Home, will begin receiving their first round of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations starting December 29.
Approximately 468 residents and 850 staff members will be able to receive the vaccine across the following homes:
- Bill Nichols State Veterans Home, December 29
- Floyd E. 'Tut' Fann State Veterans Home, December 31
- William F. Green State Veterans Home, January 7
- Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, January 11
“For several weeks our health care team has worked with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in scheduling the vaccinations for our veteran-residents and staff. Our medical staff at the state veterans homes is prepared to administer the first and subsequent rounds of the vaccine beginning tomorrow,” said ADVA Commissioner Kent Davis.
According to ADVA, the vaccinations will be administered through the Federal Pharmacy Program in cooperation with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.
The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public.
Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC.
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