02/11/2021 by californiacaregivers
How Veterans, designated caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccine from VA
As of Feb. 3, 2021, VA is providing COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
- Veterans living in VA long-term care facilities
- Veterans who already receive care at VA and are at high risk from COVID-19 based on VA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) risk criteria. At many VA health care facilities, this group includes all Veterans who are at least 75 years old. Each facility will determine when Veterans in this group can receive a vaccine. They’ll base this decision on vaccine availability, local needs, and the strict vaccine storage and handling requirements of the vaccines.
- Family caregivers who are enrolled in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). PCAFC Caregivers are eligible for vaccination when the Veteran they care for becomes eligible. VA will tell the family caregiver if they can get a vaccine when VA invites the Veteran to get one.
- VA health care personnel. Vaccinating VA health care personnel helps continue to provide care for Veterans.
VA is first prioritizing Veterans who are actively receiving health care from VA. If Veterans are not currently receiving health care through VA, find out eligibility and how to apply here.
How can Veterans find out when they can get the vaccine?
Veterans and caregivers can sign up for an easy way to stay informed about getting a COVID-19 vaccine through VA at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.
When Veterans and caregivers sign up, VA will also ask about vaccine plans. A local VA health facility may use this information to determine when to contact Veterans and caregivers once their risk group becomes eligible.
Note: VA will contact every eligible Veteran in each risk group. Veterans don’t need to sign up to get a vaccine.
How will VA contact Veterans when they’re eligible to get a vaccine?
Veterans enrolled in and eligible for VA health care can receive personalized COVID-19 vaccine information from VA in three different ways.
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