Newman partners with Dole VA, plans to vaccinate 1,500 veterans in one day

Mar 11, 2021
Veteran Clinic

The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center has announced that it will partner with Newman University to vaccinate 1,500 veterans on Saturday, March 20.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. in the university’s Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

According to a news release, the Dole VA is currently offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to veterans of all ages at the event. Previously, appointments were reserved for those over the age of 55. Veterans are required to be health care enrollees with the Dole VA facility to be eligible for the vaccine.

The Dole VA is coordinating the vaccination clinic at Newman with Director of Alumni and Campus Events Laura Hartley.

Laura Hartley

“We are excited to be able to help serve our veterans in this important health initiative by providing access to our conference center facilities,” Hartley said.

Newman President Kathleen S. Jagger, Ph.D., said Jean Macias, former Newman student and spouse of alumnus and former board of trustee Arturo “Archie” Macias, reached out to inquire about the university’s interest.

“Jean was the person who suggested Newman would be a great fit to partner with the hospital in this important effort.”

We quickly let her and representatives from the Dole VA know that we would welcome the opportunity to support their push to help veterans and contribute to the health of our community.”

Veterans are required to make an appointment to receive a vaccine at the event. Veterans can call the Dole VA at (316) 469-0914, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to schedule a vaccine appointment. Veterans must have an appointment and be available to receive the second dose of the vaccine approximately 28 days later.

So far, the Dole VA Medical Center has vaccinated more than 6,000 veterans in the region.

Veterans can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines by visiting the VA’s COVID-19 vaccine page at