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Veterans Homes Residents, Families Brought Closer Together Thanks to Vaccination Clinics

07/02/2021

Annville, PA - Residents at Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes are safer and closer to their families and friends thanks to each home recently holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinics were open to residents and staff who had not yet chosen to be vaccinated, as well as family members, visitors, volunteers and the public.  

The veterans homes are operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).  

“These clinics were well-attended, and we are truly grateful to everyone who chose to roll up their sleeve to get vaccinated,” said Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, DMVA’s deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs. “Not only did we make our homes safer with every vaccination that was administered, but we also provided an important service to the members of our communities.” 

The six clinics increased the overall vaccination rate for residents to over 95 percent, and the overall vaccination rate for staff to over 60 percent. Both statistics are higher than the most recent national averages. 

“Every person who gets their vaccine brings us a step closer to ending the pandemic,” Weigl added. 

The six homes and their locations are: the Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home in Philadelphia; the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg, the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, the Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Spring City, and the Southwestern Veterans’ Center in Pittsburgh. 

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who needs long-term care, we encourage you to visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov for more information. You can also learn more about the homes by following DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Butera - jobutera@pa.gov

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