According to Johns Hopkins University, we’ve lost more than 609,000 Americans to COVID-19 since the start of this pandemic. Sadly, the number of casualties America has had from COVID-19 is about to eclipse the more than 625,000 casualties our great nation has experienced from war or conflict dating back 107 years, to World War 1.
There are approximately 400,000 veterans and their eligible dependents in Arlington, which became a national cemetery on June 15, 1864 – 157 years ago. Imagine an enemy so powerful, it fills one and a half Arlingtons– in just two years. That visual is staggering, but it is the reality of our enemy, COVID-19. Our state health department, the Arizona Department of Health Services indicates that there have been 18,117 deaths in our state at the time this article was written. The majority of deaths, 13,514 or more than 74%, are in people aged 65 years or older. Males make up 58% of the deaths.
On the bright side, there are 3,289,555 people in Arizona who have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that it has been two weeks after receiving both doses of a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
We Need More Of Our Community Vaccinated
With COVID-19 case numbers again rising, it’s clear we don’t have enough people vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus. If you want to get vaccinated but are planning to wait, please don’t delay. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting and/or spreading the virus to your family and your friends and can help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you were to get COVID-19.
There are four easy ways for veterans to get the COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Just walk into a VA Medical Facility. Even if you are not a VA customer. No appointment is needed. Find one near you.
2. Sign up to have your local VA contact you or send your care team a secure message on MyHealtheVet.
3. Call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) and press 8 for more information, or press 0 to speak to an agent.
4. Search for other vaccine options at vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
We all took an oath to support and defend; let’s do our part as Patriots of this amazing country to support and defend, once again, those we love.