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Aurora veterans facility residents get vaccinated

The Fitzsimons Veterans Facility is one of 12 retirement facilities in Colorado to get a shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
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AURORA, Colo. — The Veterans Living Facility at Fitzsimons issued its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

Fitzsimons is one of 12 retirement and assisted living facilities in Colorado that received a shipment of the Moderna vaccine.

Gov. Jared Polis spoke Tuesday afternoon at the facility with two men who received the vaccine, Marine veteran Melvin Menard and Army veteran Phil Ross. 

Polis and the men spoke via computer and phone since outside visitors aren't allowed inside the facility. 

“Colorado has a proud military history and with that history comes a responsibility to care for our Veterans, many of whom are older -- especially in the face of a pandemic that has put many at highest-risk of becoming several ill, or sadly, losing the battle to COVID-19,” Polis said. “We are now able to vaccinate those whose legacy has been risking their own lives in the line of duty to save ours, and I was honored to be in Aurora today as our residents and staff of the Fitzsimons facility start to receive the vaccine. Together, we can start climbing out of this public health crisis.”

Fitzsimons is located at 1919 Quentin St. in Aurora. The home is on the west end of the sprawling CU Anschutz and UCHealth medical campus near Peoria Street.

The Fitzsimons facility offers 180 beds for veterans who need skilled nursing care, along with another 21 beds for short-term rehab.

In April, the facility had an outbreak of the coronavirus which caused the deaths of at least two residents. Members of the Colorado National Guard were called in to test all of Fitzsimons' residents and staff after the outbreak was reported.

Seven other residents and seven staff members tested positive at that time.

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