Congressman Panetta and the Gourley VA Clinic Announce Local Vaccine Distribution
This week, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic in Marina announced that the facility will hold a COVID-19 vaccine distribution day on Saturday, February 13, for veterans ages 75 and up. On February 2, Congressman Panetta contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and then, on February 3, he sent a formal letter calling on the VA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allocate vaccines to non-hub VA clinics to increase access for veterans. On February 5, the VA Palo Alto announced that they were approved to receive an allocation of the Moderna vaccine. The first-dose allocations are scheduled to be distributed on Saturday, February 13, 2021 for veterans on the Central Coast. The VA will then provide the Gourley Clinic with a corresponding allocation to administer the second doses.
“Although the VA is providing veterans with allocated vaccines, many from our area had to drive long distances to get their shots. After hearing from local veterans about the potential for inaccessibility issues, we immediately contacted the VA and requested that their vaccines be distributed here on the Central Coast,” said Congressman Panetta. “I’m proud to say that after our work together, the VA is allocating a number of doses to the Gourley Clinic in Marina. This will make it much easier and safer for our veterans to get their allocated vaccines a lot closer to home.
Those who wish to make an appointment may call the Palo Alto VA Medical Center at (650) 496-2535. Second dose vaccines will be administered approximately 28 days after receiving the first dose.