The US Department of Veterans Affairs has administered more than 2.1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, Dr. Richard Stone, acting under secretary for Health at the VA, said during a Senate hearing Wednesday.
“Yesterday, as of Feb. 23, VA had administered well over 2.1 million doses of the vaccines,” Stone said. “These include over 1.1 million first doses to veterans and 484,000 doses – first and second doses – to VA employees, which have inoculated well over 90% of our clinical staff.”
Stone said that among enrolled veterans over 75, who are currently prioritized for vaccination, “25% of White, 28% of Hispanic and 30% of Black veterans have been vaccinated.”
He added that 73% of the total VA workforce has received the vaccine.
Stone said the agency has the capacity to deliver between 300,000 and 600,000 vaccine doses per week.
“We were just called on the way over here to say that we would be getting about 500,000 doses this coming week,” Stone said. “We have seen a gradual increase, and we are very hopeful with the new vaccine that's coming on the market that we will continue to see increases, and the problems that we're having with the amount of vaccine will resolve itself over these next number of weeks.”