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Military veterans and healthcare workers line up in West Haven to receive COVID vaccine | Connecticut News

WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Hundreds of military veterans were shot in the arm today at a clinic housed by the VA Hospital in West Haven.

Any veterinarian enrolled in VA healthcare had the opportunity to receive their first dose of vaccine.

Today’s clinic contributed to the mission of the state’s VA health system to vaccinate every veterinarian as soon as possible.

“Let’s go over what you get. You get the Pfizer vaccine,” said a local nurse.

Commander Ray Essig was waiting for this moment, receiving his first dose.

“You’re going to get a little pinch,” said a local nurse.

And the timing couldn’t have been better.

“Really exciting, because my mother was waiting to have it. She’s over seventy and she finally just had it this morning,” Commander Essig said.

Essig was one of more than 500 military veterans and essential workers to be vaccinated at the VA Hospital in West Haven today.

To attend, you had to be 50 or order and be registered with VA Healthcare.

“So for us, our goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” said Al Montoya, medical center director for the VA CT Health System.

Since December 15, the state’s VA health system has been holding vaccination clinics.

“Right now we’re looking at trying to do that for 35,000 veterans in total and we’re about forty-two percent of the way to that goal,” Montoya continued.

Essig hopes all of his fellow vets will be vaccinated so they can continue to answer their call to serve.

“My reserve unit has been doing virtual drills for almost a year and it will be great when everyone can finally get vaccinated so we can get back to doing what we need to do,” Commander Essig added.

Everyone who was vaccinated today will receive their second dose on March 13.

All veterans who arrived after supplies ran out were scheduled for an upcoming clinic this week.