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Veteran explains why he got the COVID-19 vaccine at Marion VA

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MARION (WSIL)--Unlike many health departments throughout Southern Illinois, the Marion VA distributes the Moderna vaccine as opposed to the Pfizer vaccine.

Because the Moderna vaccine received FDA approval after the Pfizer vaccine, it took a little bit longer to receive their shipment.

But Tuesday alone, the VA was able to distribute 70 vaccines in Marion and 55 in Evansville.

The Marion VA has distributed 1300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, and they plan to vaccinate everyone in their system who wants one.

The VA distributes vaccines based on the CDC guidelines, going down the line by age group.

Retired veteran Howard E. Kerchner received the vaccine, and said he decided to get the shot in order to do his part to stop the coronavirus.

"Cuz I'm 75 years old. And my body parts are starting to go haywire. And number one, we gotta stop the corona. So everyone can go back to work. And so the kids get their school stuff done," said Kerchner.

The VA administration also says anyone who wants a vaccination will get one, but there are 44,000 patients in their system and it will take time to get to every patient.

Kerschner wants the public to know three things about COVID-19:

  1. Everyone needs to wear their masks
  2. Everyone should get vaccinated when they can
  3. Pray for those who lost their lives due to the pandemic

Kerschner himself lost seven people close to him because of the virus.

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Madeline Parker

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