Bedford VA opens up COVID vaccine to all vets on Thursday, no age restriction

BOSTON — VA Bedford Healthcare System will open COVID vaccinations to all veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, regardless of age, starting on Thursday.

Kurt Power, an Iraqi War vet and a Purple Heart recipient, was happy to hear the news.

“It’s good to see the VA stepping in and looking out for our American heroes,” said Power.

He’s glad to see the VA in Bedford open up COVID shots for all vets. “I think this is going to help and this is going to take a huge burden off the state itself by the federal government stepping in and saying, ‘Hey we got our veterans out there. We’ll take care of them,’” Power said.

A VA Bedford spokesperson said the only requirement besides being a veteran is that you belong to the VA Healthcare System.

“We’re opening COVID vaccinations to all veterans enrolled in VA Healthcare regardless of their age,” said Kat Bailey, chief of public affairs for VA Bedford.

She said here’s the important part: to get the vaccine with no age restriction, you have to go to the VA in Bedford. And you have to make an appointment by phone. Bailey said that news flooded phone lines on Tuesday. “So, what we’re asking people to do is be patient because we have lots of vaccine,” she said.

The VA gets its supply from the feds not the state. Again, you have to call to make an appointment but they promise if you want a shot you’ll get it. “Our clinic is open 7 days a week or about 10 hours a day. So we’re going to get you in there,” said Bailey.

For veterans like Power, this is what the VA does best. “If some hero is going to fight for our country, the least we can do is make sure they get vaccinated in a timely manner during a pandemic,” Power said.

The other VA hospitals in the state still have an age minimum which is 55.

But once again any veteran can get a shot at the VA Bedford. You just have to call. That number is: 781-687-4000. Appointments are available daily, including weekends, from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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