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VA St. Louis Health Care System is offering a special walk-in COVID-19 vaccination event on Sunday for veterans, to include 8e/8g category veterans, retired National Guard and reserves, caregivers, spouses and some other beneficiaries.

The vaccine is free of charge. Over 41,000 area veterans and VA staff have already received the vaccine.

The walk-in event is first come, first served, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Hall on Chouteau, at 2319 Chouteau Avenue in St. Louis. VA Eligibility will also be on site for questions regarding eligibility for care at the VA.

“We’re honored to include Guardsmen and Reservists, caregivers and spouses among those we can now offer the vaccine,” said Keith Repko, Medical Center Director. “Guardsmen and Reservists just need to have retired from service to come to our walk-in vaccine event on Sunday. They do not need to be collecting their retirement benefit yet.”

The vaccine available for this walk-in event is Moderna. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart and second dose will be scheduled for all participants on May 9 at the Grand Hall.

Moderna side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specify that because of the differences in formulations of the various COVID vaccines available, this two-dose series should be administered at the same location for safety and to ensure maximum vaccine effectiveness.

The expanded vaccination group is provided under authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.

Follow our COVID-19 vaccination page: https://www.stlouis.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp for updates. Like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/VAStLouis.com and on Instagram @vastlouis.

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