Minnesota’s veteran’s homes are starting to vaccinate their residents against COVID, with 30 at the Minneapolis Veterans Home receiving doses today (Tues), residents at Fergus Falls and Silver Bay getting vaccinations tomorrow (Wed 12/30), the rest of the Minneapolis Vets Home on Thursday (12/31), and Luverne on January 4th. Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner Douglas Hughes:

“I know a lot of veterans, I am a veteran, and to have these men and women who served our country be some of the first to receive the vaccination is really gratifying.”

Hughes says they hope close to 90 percent of veterans home residents will receive voluntary vaccinations. They’re also voluntary for staff. He says they’re trying to get above the 70-percent mark and it “seems the tide is turning in favor of the vaccine.”

Hughes says veterans home staff have worked “extremely hard” during the pandemic “and they’ve worked smart”:

“For us to see the beginning of what we hope is the end of this, is a relief.   We’re not there yet, but it will be gratifying.”