Stars and Stripes stripes.com 29 Dec, 2020 19:00 am

COVID vaccinations begin at troubled Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

COVID vaccinations begin at troubled Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
A 78-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran was to be the first resident to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in a long-term care facility.

COVID vaccinations begin at troubled Holyoke Soldiers’ Home The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Msss.Air Force veteran was to be the first resident to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, the site of one of the nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in a long-term care facility.Vaccinations began earlier this month for nearly two dozen Soldiers’ Home residents living in a skilled nursing unit at Holyoke Medical Center.The vaccination effort at long-term care facilities across the state began Monday.

Residents of long-term care facilities account for about 60% of the state’s 12,000-plus confirmed or probable COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest data from the state’s Department of Public Health.Air Force Airman 2nd Class Robert Aucoin, who was a control tower operator in the Vietnam era at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, was scheduled to get the first of his two shots around 10:30 a.

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