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Veterans home one of the first to receive COVID vaccine

Posted at 11:33 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 12:57:27-05

JENNINGS, La — The Southwest Louisiana Veterans home is one of the first long-term care facilities in the state to administer vaccinations to staff and residents.

The Advocate is reporting teams from CVS and Walgreens will make three visits to each facility to ensure all residents and staff get the initial vaccine and then a subsequent booster about a month later.

It's part of a national effort to inoculate some 4 million residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

The virus has infected 64 people at the Jennings veterans home, and it has killed five. There are usually about 140 residents, but that has been somewhat reduced over the past year.

About 90% of the residents have agreed to be vaccinated, said Matt Duhon, the home's administrator.

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