VA rolls out COVID-19 vaccine for Montana veterans

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Kristen McDaniel, left, gives Larry Tobiason a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for veterans at the Montana VA on Wednesday.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record PHIL DRAKE

Mike Sass said getting his vaccination shot to battle COVID-19 didn’t hurt at all.

Not one little bit.

But then again, he served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

Sass was among 300 veterans expected to show up Wednesday at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center for their first round of vaccination shots for the respiratory illness. Another clinic was also underway Wednesday in Missoula, one was scheduled for Thursday in Billings and yet another is planned for Jan. 21 in Havre.

World War II veteran Michael Sass, right, receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for veterans at the Montana VA on Wednesday.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

The Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System lined its hallways at Fort Harrison with Helena-area vets.

Catherine Beall, public information officer, was offering doses first to veterans 85 and older and then to vets 75 and older.

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