Kansas City VA Medical Center administers more than 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 17:21:36-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City VA Medical Center has administered more than 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines since December – including to a 102-year-old World War II Army veteran.

Melvin Rehkop, who participated in the Battle of the Bulge, was one of the first known veterans nationwide to be vaccinated, according to a KCVA news release.

Rehkop received his first dose of the vaccine in December as part of the KCVA Operation Noah's Ark.

Since then, KCVA has inoculated police officers, first responders, public safety officials, firefighters and veteran families.

In addition to events at its home base locations, KCVA workers have traveled to remote areas to reach more veterans.

Veterans already enrolled at the VA are eligible to be vaccinated. For more information, call 816-922-2619.