Laurel Williams, LCSW, a social worker and mental health therapist at the West Palm
Beach VA Medical Center received the facility’s 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose.
By Kenita D. Tills, Public Affairs Officer
January 29, 2021 – The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center reached a historic milestone last week by administering their 10,000th COVID-19 Vaccine to healthcare workers and Veterans in line with CDC and VHA’s risk criteria. The facility announced the achievement on social media Friday, January 22.
As of January 28, the medical center has provided more than 11,600 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine, including second doses, in the past 30 days. An accomplishment Medical Center Director Cory Price says he is honored to achieve.
“We are proud to have reached such an incredible milestone within such a short period of time here at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center,” said Price. “The arrival of the COVID-19 Vaccine has provided healthcare personnel and Veterans with hope. Our team is working hard each day to provide the vaccine to Veterans quickly as supply allows in order to help push our Nation’s recovery forward.”
Laurel Williams and Director Cory Price
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Director Cory Price (right) poses for a photo with Laurel Williams, LCSW who received the facility’s 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose.
CDC recommends that healthcare personnel be among those offered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Doing so not only helps protect healthcare personnel from getting the virus, it also helps prevent patients from COVID-19 and protects healthcare capacity.
Laurel Williams, LCSW, a social worker and mental health therapist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center received the facility’s 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose. When asked why she felt it was important to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Williams says taking the vaccine was her way of further protecting herself, her patients and loved ones.
“As a healthcare provider working in an outpatient clinical setting, it was important for me to provide an added layer of protection against COVID-19 for the sake of my patients, colleagues and my loved ones,” Williams explained. “I am a mother and grandmother of two and I want to be around for them. Also, I would hate the thought of contracting this potentially deadly virus or unknowingly passing it to anyone else which is why it is so important for people to get vaccinated when the COVID-19 Vaccine is made available to them.”
the covid-19 vaccine team congratulates Laura
The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic team has given more than 11,000 COVID-19 Vaccines (to include second doses) in the last 30 days. Here the team congratulates, Laurel Williams, LCSW who was the recipient of the clinic’s 10,000th dose.
Currently, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is offering COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans age 70 and older who are already receiving care at VA by appointment only at various locations. Veterans who would like more information may visit the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine page.
Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA’s Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs.