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Vaccination Clinic at Knoxville continues

A nurse provides a COVID-19 vaccine to a Veteran

A nurse provides a COVID-19 vaccine to a Veteran during a Saturday walk-in clinic.

By Lauri Kerns, PAO
Friday, March 5, 2021

James H. Quillen VA Medical Center will continue COVID-19 vaccination for Veterans at the William C. Tallent VA Clinic in Knoxville this weekend, but with a new vaccine. The outpatient clinic, which is part of James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, will offer the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine to its Veterans for the first time. The Janssen vaccine is administered in a single dose and is stored refrigerated.

 

“Our goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated,” said Dean B. Borsos, medical center director. “We have received our first shipment of the Janssen vaccine and will offer it to our Veterans during our Saturday clinic in Knoxville.”

 

The vaccination clinic will take place at the William C. Tallent VA Clinic in Knoxville, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 6. The William C. Tallent VA Clinic is located at 8033 Ray Mears Blvd, Knoxville, TN. The clinic is open to any eligible Veteran, regardless of age.

 

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on February 27, 2021. The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and nausea. Most of these side effects occurred within 1-2 days following vaccination and were mild to moderate in severity.

 

Even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.

 

"We are eager to ensure every Veteran who wants a vaccine receives one," said Chief of Staff David S. Hecht, M.D. "We plan to utilize the Janssen vaccine at our community outpatient clinics, due to the fact that it is administered in a single dose and is easier to ship and store.”

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