Birmingham VA Medical Center under lockdown, appointments canceled

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham VA Medical Center clinic is currently under lockdown, causing current appointments to be canceled until further notice.

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    In a tweet sent out by the VA, it was simply announced that all appointments at the center and clinic were canceled until further notice.

    VA spokesman Jeff Hester confirmed to CBS 42 that the appointments were canceled as a precaution to keep patients safe. He also said no one was in danger inside the building.

    VABIRMINGHAM@VABIRMINGHAM

    All appointments at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Birmingham VA Clinic have been cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updated information as soon as possible.

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    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

    “As a precautionary measure, all appointments at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Birmingham VA Clinic have been canceled until further notice.

    “The safety of our Veteran patients, guests and staff is first priority. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.

    “Detailed updated information will be provided as soon as possible.”

    This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


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