Three centenarian Navy Veterans receive COVID-19 vaccine

“Some people are refusing to get it,” said Ricci. “I say, what have you got to lose?”
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100-year-old World War II Navy Veteran and West Warwick, R.I., resident Peter Ricci points to his bandage after receiving his initial dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Providence VA Medical Center, Jan. 20, 2021. “Some people are refusing to get it,” said Ricci. “I say, what have you got to lose?” (VA Providence HCS photo by Winfield Danielson).

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Three Rhode Island Navy Veterans of World War II received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Providence VA Medical Center on Wednesday.

105-year-old Arthur Prisco of Warwick, and 100-year-olds Raymond Gannon of Pawtucket, and Peter Ricci of West Warwick, were just three of over 700 veterans who were vaccinated through the VA Providence Healthcare System.

“Some people are refusing to get it,” said Ricci. “I say, what have you got to lose?”

VA Providence said their team reviews patient records and contacts high-risk patients to schedule their vaccination appointments.  As more vaccines become available, VA care teams will reach out to other enrolled veterans to set a vaccination date.

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100-year-old World War II Navy Veteran and Pawtucket, R.I., resident Raymond Gannon, left, and 105-yearold World War II Navy Veteran and Warwick resident Arthur Prisco, after receiving their initial dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Providence VA Medical Center, Jan. 20, 2021. Patients are observed for at least 15 minutes after receiving their shot. (VA Providence HCS photo by Kimberley DiDonato).

“We’re excited to be taking the offensive against the coronavirus in 2021, offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to our Veterans at highest risk of severe illness,” said Lawrence Connell, director of the VA Providence HCS.

Connell continued, “As vaccine supplies continue to arrive, our ultimate goal is to offer free COVID-19 vaccination to all enrolled Veterans and VA employees who want it.”

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