NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — America’s oldest WWII Veteran received his COVID-19 vaccine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Orleans on Monday.
Lawrence Brooks, who is 111, was the hospital’s 20,000th COVID-19 vaccine.
This is the second major milestone that Brooks shared with his VA health care team in recent months. In September, Brooks celebrated his 111th birthday with New Orleans VA staff in a physically distanced outdoor reception.
“Since we began on Dec. 14, we’ve given the vaccine to thousands of our nation’s heroes,” said medical center Director Fernando Rivera. “It’s a great feeling to provide them with protection from COVID, and in Mr. Brooks’ case it was extra special to see him get vaccinated.”
After receiving the injection, Brooks was overjoyed, saying, “I finally got it!”
After returning in three weeks for his second dose, he will have the full protection of the vaccine, according to the VA hospital.
Southeast Louisiana veterans who are interested in a COVID-19 vaccine can contact the VA at 1-800-935-8387, ext. 72819.
Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can receive the vaccine now if they meet any of the following criteria:
- 65 or older
- High-risk health condition
- Essential workers
- Caregivers enrolled in VA’s caregiver support program.
The full list of groups VA is currently vaccinating in southeast Louisiana is available on the VA New Orleans home page at https://go.usa.gov/xAhkm. In time, the VA plans to offer a vaccine to every enrolled veteran who wants one.