Veterans get COVID-19 vaccine at the Pueblo VA Community Living Center

VA Vaccine Distribution Plan
Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 20:33:52-05

PUEBLO — As we look for more ways to help our seniors rebound from this pandemic, News5 is checking in with an assisted living facility in Pueblo that serves our Nation's heroes.

The residents who live at the Pueblo VA Community Living Center, off of Oakshire Lane, have been coped up for almost a year. Since March, the veterans haven't been allowed to eat together.

In order to have visits from loved ones, staff members developed a walkie-talkie system, where visitors can stay outside by a clear window and use the device to communicate.
Now that the vaccine roll-out has begun, Dillon Thomas, CLC Rec Therapist, says all of the men who wanted the vaccine have received both doses.

"The isolation has been the hardest part on our veterans," Thomas explained. "The veterans who have received the shot, I don't know if they are relieved, but I think they see this as a step forward as well."

When weather permits, Thomas says they do a lot of fun activities outside. Since this story first aired, the center gets a lot of visits from folks who just want them to know they aren't forgotten.
You don't have to know any of the veterans to send them a letter. Just send them a note of appreciation to 2600 Oakshire Lane.

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