How Veterans, designated caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccine from VA


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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.

1. By text message

VA’s VEText program reminds Veterans of upcoming appointments via text message. Veterans may also receive text message updates about availability and scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines.

Veterans may receive one of three different types of messages. All text messages will tell Veterans their facility is offering the vaccine and will come from the short phone number 53079.

  • Some facilities will invite the Veteran to make a vaccine appointment directly by text message.
  • Other facilities will provide instructions on a number to call to schedule a vaccine
  • Some facilities are also using text message to notify Veterans of vaccination events, such as drive-through clinics, for eligible risk groups.

Every enrolled Veteran with a cell phone number listed in their health record is automatically enrolled receive text messages. Veterans who receive care at VA should make sure their cell phone number is up to date in their VA.gov profile. This is the number a VA health facility will use to contact a Veteran by text. Veterans can update phone numbers online at https://www.va.gov/profile/. Veterans can also update contact information during check-in at an appointment. Please don’t call a facility to update a phone number.

Learn more about VEText at https://www.va.gov/HEALTH/VEText_FAQs.asp.

2. Via email

Veterans who sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines will receive general updates via email. Veterans who subscribe to Vet Resources or My HealtheVet may also receive periodic updates about VA’s vaccination efforts along with helpful reminders. Emails from VA will always come from a va.gov email address.

VA is also using email to let Veterans know about upcoming opportunities to get a vaccine at their local VA health facility. These emails may also contain information on why a Veteran should consider getting the vaccine, which vaccine they may receive, and instructions on how to make an appointment or when to arrive for a vaccination event.

Veterans who receive care at VA should check their VA.gov profile at https://www.va.gov/profile/ to make sure their email address is up to date.

3. Via U.S. Postal Service mail

VA is also sending out letters in the mail to tell Veterans how to receive the vaccine.

Veterans who receive care at VA should check their VA.gov profile at https://www.va.gov/profile/ to make sure their mailing address is up to date.

Second dose reminders

After a Veteran receives the first dose, they will receive follow up information reminding them to come in for their second dose. These reminders may come via VEText, email or regular mail—the same ways the Veteran received the first notification.

More information

Find answers to general VA COVID-19 vaccine questions at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

To receive ongoing updates about VA’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts and to indicate your interest in getting the vaccine once you’re eligible, visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.

Read the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet at https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download.

Read the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet at https://www.fda.gov/media/144413/download.

Author

Adam Stump

Adam Stump is a public affairs specialist with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He is a retired Air Force Veteran who served 20 years, including two deployments to Afghanistan for detention operations and special operations.

Comments

  1. Paul Kyde    

    Why doesn’t the VA provide the vaccine for veterans at the CBOC’s (community based outpatient clinics) where the veterans go for treatment when (and if) we are able to receive face-to-face treatment with our VA Primary care physicians. Providing the vaccine by appointment or walk-in at only the VA hospitals is a bit short-sighted on the part of the VA which according to this article are concerned about the rural veterans (read my lips) receiving the vaccine. It’s over a 50mile trip each way to have to go to the Dayton, Ohio VA hospital., and we have only one vehicle.

    1. GLENN ALBERT BENNINGER    

      Yes,i agree why don’t they give vaccines to the CBOS’s clinics? I live in Ocean Grove N.J.,and it’s nearly impossible to get to East Orange,N.J. V.A building,or LYONS Campus ? Im losing hope on ant vaccine after a year of living in a rooming house where others may infect me,we all share bathrooms.And kitchen.I am almost giving up hope on The Government and State if they really care at all.I have so many underlying illnesses,been online for months to no avail.Im going to be 59 in April ,if i am Blessed to make it. No reports from anyone for months,i never drove or even had a car,and Public Transportation is a High risk,and i have Depression,Bladder problems,Sleep Apnea,breathing problems,Hypertension,High Blood pressure,and many more illnesses,i cannot even get anywhere to have a needed Coloscopy for i have blood in stool,no one that can drive me around,i use my bike,which is taking it’s toll on me trying to get food and things.

  2. David Dana    

    How do I register my wife as a caretaker so that she can receive the vaccine. I am 83 and have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. My wife is 73. I have COPD and type 2 diabetes. My wife administers my daily blood tests for the diabetes thus I need her as my caretaker..

  3. Bob Watt    

    I received my 1st shot in Feb (I am 79), but my wife has been unable to get her 1st shot (She is 74). I retired with 20+ yrs in the af, she has a military ID. Will she ever qualify for the vaccine. It is nearly impossible for her to get the vaccine on the “outside”, as we live in upstate western NY, and the vaccines are not readily available in this part of the state, nor have they been distributed to the pharmacies which were ready for the vaccine.

  4. Gary Mueller    

    I am not 75 years old, only 66. I do have underlying, COPD/EMPHYSEMA, Sleep Apnea, Oxygen Therapy, Type 2, High Blood Pressure, Over weight …… >>> and YET …. I am told, through all the channels of the VA, to basically, wait …… ???? …….. I thought people with “underlying condition” are suppose to be high priority. …… ARE there OTHER VETERANS, like myself, with underlying conditions, who are waiting to get an answer from the VA????? …

  5. Donald L Blair    

    None of this is true for me. I have heard nothing about vaccines 72 and high risk.

    No communication and when I ask my team I get we will let you know.

    Horrible Horrible Horrible

    1. Angel L. Nazario    

      I already received my shot and what about my wife ?? .. we are 73 years old and she takes care of me !!! wife should be included in the vaccination , they deserved !!!!

    2. William F. Bennett    

      I’m in the same fix that you are Gary, with the same problems. I didn’t rush out to get the vaccine when it was first offered because I wasn’t to sure about it and I am still concerned with the rapid development of it. I’ve had siblings take the vaccine and all they got was a sore arm, my oldest sister had some chills but they went away pretty quickly.
      I just stay home and wait until I am notified as to when my turn comes around, be patient friend and just settle in for a long winter.

    3. Justin Barlock    

      I’m 37, very similar conditions yet I just got my covid shot today. They even told me my wife should be eligible for the vaccine since I’m rated at 100%.

  6. Mike Puaca    

    The VA had plenty of time to develop policies (rules) and processes to plan for vaccines – months in fact. It needed to determine the list of those receiving care, of those the list by category and age, and the last names (like driver license order for each week).
    There needed to be a fall sign up not a December one. There needed to be a schedule projected before December. No shows could have been covered by an on call list for a designated day of the week by phone call or those who had appointments. Walk ins would be ONLY given in a process not to waste vaccine.

  7. Douglas J Winslow    

    I’m a 49 year old healthy retiree and I know I have to wait my turn. Why aren’t all VA facilities using the same criteria for who gets the vaccine and when? A fellow veteran friend of mine is 44 living in Oregon, he was able to get the vaccine weeks ago at his VA hospital, I live in Milwaukee. The rules are obviously different based on which facility you use. WHY? He’s not in any priority category than I am as we’ve discussed our health and work situations at length.

    1. Kathy    

      Massachusetts is vaccinating all veterans starting Thursday regardless of age or comorbidities.

  8. Robert Walsh    

    A lot of frustrated, angry folks here. I may be an outlier, but VAMC called me last Sunday and offered me the vaccine on the following Tuesday. The operation was well organized, and staff were very attentive — I was in and out in 30 minutes, including the 15 minute observation time. My wife got her shot at a local pharmacy, and the ordeal lasted two hours, with no social distancing! I don’t know why folks would call VA staff “dirtbags” but maybe they haven’t used the service, or they are motivated to revile public servants for base reasons. Sad commentary.

    1. Elizabeth Ball    

      Instead of bad mouthing others, be glad you received your vaccine. My hubby is 74. He has extreme PTSD, Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia from Agent Orange exposure in Nam. He cannot get a shot because he is not 75. Yet, I read on here where healthy Vets in their forties are getting shots in some states. If that seems fair to you, you need your head examined. Please don’t diss our Vets, especially if you are one. They deserve more respect. Maybe kissing the rears of VA personnel and bad mouthing our heroes makes you think you will get better and quicker care since you got a shot fast, but God sees everything.

  9. Edwin Wilson    

    I am very concerned and disturbed about the VA’s inadequate and slow response to Covid. We should all be calling our Congressmen and Senators about this. Every VA medical staff member and every United States veteran should already have received vaccinations. NO EXCUSE. My HOA is organizing vaccinations for my neighbors ahead of the VA.

  10. Edwin Wilson    

    I am a 100% disabled vet, 73 yoa, living in the Tampa area and receiving healthcare through the main VA hospital there. I have received notices from VA hospitals in Miami and Atlanta that I can come there and get the vaccine. NOT Tampa. In fact, my PCP seems irritated when I inquire about availability of the vaccine. What’s up with that? And, please do not give me some bullsht general reply with a bunch of general information websites to look through to not find the answer, like my PCP does. Seems as though the VA should be doing a much better job of getting the caregivers and the Vets this vaccine.

  11. Larry L Morris    

    I could not be more impressed with my local VA facility when it comes to Covid 19 Vaccinations. In mid January I received an email announcing appointments were available. I am 73 and happen to fit into this offering. I clicked on the link and got an appointment within a very few days. The facility was well organinzed with people to check you in with your appointment time, additional staff to create your registration info and issue your vaccine record card that included the appointment date and time for the second dose . They had approx 15 booths staffed with personnel to do the injection, and additional people to monitor you during the 15 minute observation period before you went home. The second dose was handled in the same proficient manner. Hats off to the Vancouver, Wa VA Campus for a job well done.

  12. Roberta Carole Lyle    

    I am 77 years old, a female vet of the Viet Nam Era.I am also a high risk patient with elevated blood pressure, active Morgellon Disease for the past 18+ months, spinal stenosis, and a history of two skull fractures within the past three years. I am scheduled for oral surgery on 2/18/21 and I wanted to get the Covid19 shot out of the way before the surgery. I was told I would have to wait until I was called to receive a shot. I am not going to postpone the surgery, so I guess I am taking my chances. Why was I refused?? My physician is at the K.C. V.A. Hospital.
    Kansas City V.A. Hospital and Health Care

  13. Gerry Griffin    

    I’m an 83 year old veteran in Cottonwood, AZ. I never heard from the VA so I got my shots from Spectrum Healthcare which is one block away from my local clinic.

  14. Andrea Cooper    

    Thank you, VA hospital Louisville, for a well managed vaccination operation Sunday Feb 14. I am so relieved. They channelled and merged 6 lines of cars into the vaccination tents. Lots of organizers directing traffic. The whole process for me took about an hour and a half. I’ve never experienced anything but kind and compassionate care through VA medical facilities.

  15. Rayburn Keltner    

    I live where the3 yr. Ago VA built a multimillion dollar facility, serving at minimum of 10 counties, with primary care, hearing, PTSD, flu shots but cannot give a covid vaccine in an arm no we must drive 60, 70 80 miles in bad weather to get a vaccination. Something is wrong.

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  16. Richard Blumenthal    

    Caregivers of our country’s veterans have a big job. They always have! But it’s more true now because of the COVID pandemic and the increased need to try to isolate in order to try and avoid getting infected. This means veterans are limited in who they can be around…and puts more of an emphasis on the need for time spent and connections with their caregivers.

    1. Angel L. Nazario    

      Must of the old veterans caregivers are their wife !!!, Why they are not included in the vaccination too !!!

  17. Malcolm B Cox    

    When is the V.A. going to give our caregivers their vaccinations? I read it on a VA bulletin that they were going to do it

    1. Sandra James    

      My husband is a Vietnam Veteran ,I am his wife and caregiver .Why am I not eligible for the Vaccine?
      If something happens to me because , I run all the errands, and am at a high risk because of the duties I consume outdoors, what happens to my husband? Who will care for him?

    2. Sandra James    

      My husband is a Vietnam Veteran ,I am his wife and caregiver .Why am I not eligible for the vaccine?

      1. Carolyn Hamel    

        I am also the wife Vietnam vet and caregiver. I was told by the VA I am on my own as far as getting the vaccine. My husband is end stage COPD and has Parkinson and tremors. The VA is federal run and they said they have there own rules and spouses will not get the vaccine through the VA. Third world countries treat their Veterans better than we do here, Shame on the United States.

  18. Catharine Bevona    

    I’m probably going to have to wait as long as it took to get my VA disability rating and compensation to get my Covid-19 vaccine. That was a very long time.

    1. John_3_16    

      Don’t wait. Local options are your county healthcare dept., hospitals & a wide range of drug store & Walmart. I am a vet with healthcare through a local clinic. I signed up with them but it has been weeks & will be even more weeks before they give me a shot. I signed up with 2 hospitals & 3 drug stores in my local area. I get my 1st shot Feb 16, 2021 at Rite Aid. Will cancel all the others including VA after that. My 2nd shot is scheduled before I leave after getting the 1st. Vets in my state would need to possibly drive up to 200 miles to get the shot. Most clinics do not have the cold storage required for local administration. God bless. God speed.

  19. Frank Merritt    

    VA initially scheduled me for my second Moderna vaccination, and then canceled my appointment because I did not receive my first vaccination at VA, but at a county vaccine site which is no longer taking appointments. The reason given was that VA would not provide a second dose unless you received the fist dose from VA. This makes no sense, since I was finally able to schedule a second dose at CVS.

  20. Rich Kosch    

    Please extend COVID 19 vaccinations to all vets.. not just those who qualify for health care benefits .. disqualification due to income in most cases. In a pandemic… public health national crises .. where everyone needs to be vaccinated .. and where the vaccine is provided free to anyone .. why is the VA restricting services provided to a select group and denying other vets? Treat the vaccine as a public policy service to all vets not as as expansion of health care benefits .

    1. John Greenwell    

      They are not giving it to those of us that are eligible either. I was told I would get it quickly due to high risk and that hasn’t happened. Now I am sitting at home quarantined after catching Covid last week. I am getting treatment on the outside because I am losing trust with the VA. Since this pandemic started the VA has stopped providing quality health care.

  21. Steven Michael Webb    

    I have the same problem. I got my shot as walk on as I was there for another appointment. In Virginia you can have your status as a veteran on your driver’s license which when enhanced becomes a Federal document. Why would this not be enough to get the vaccination at the VA Hospitals, and Clinics. Income test means is ridicules in a pandemic. Veterans should all be the same in this situation. There was no means test for the thousands that were drafted in our history, no means test for the ones that chose to be available for their countries defense. Now we are means testing veterans to get a vaccination that my save their life or others whom they may infect. The VA Hospitals have the facility and staff to inoculate thousands a day. What is the hold up? If they need volunteers to help I am sure that veterans would once again answer the call to help their country and fellow veterans.

    1. Robert Walsh    

      No Medicare/private insurance? Enrolled in the VA system? Maybe the the VA will cover your very-necessary psychiatric care.

    2. Robert Walsh    

      As far as I know, there is no means test for VA enrollment. Va should weigh in on this to ensure folks understand that the means test comes into play only when the extent of benefits is in question. I’ve been enrolled for nearly 20 years under the Agent Orange program, and only use VA services for prescriptions/procedures not covered under Medicare or my private carrier. My son did part of his residency at the VA in VT, and told me the patients there were cared for better than at his teaching hospital. Kudoes to the VA staff. Maybe the new administration defects at the leadership level. One can hope!

  22. Jim Barrett    

    The link https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed does NOT work on ANY browser or device I try. It keeps displaying a page telling me my browser is out of date. Even if I download and install the latest version of ANY browser it still displays the same.

  23. Jerry L Smith    

    I live in New Hampshire but have been staying with my daughter in Connecticut since November. My primary care Doctor is also in New Hampshire. How do I find out about getting the covid vaccine in Connecticut as I plan to stay here for at least another 4 to 6 weeks.

  24. Ms D Sweeney    

    #PVAMC has NOT even KEPT ANY PRIOR appts w/me, in person/TeleHealth/landline since Jan, 2020.
    Appts are made in my name & immediately cancelled, half stating “cancelled” while the rest state “No Show.”
    Further, as a client in BHS, I’ve NOT been contacted by neither the assigned Psychiatrist nor the “Support Care Team,” I.e., Social Worker(s), therapist(s), etc.
    Further, INFORMED it is MY DUTY as the patient, to CHASE DOWN the assigned Doctors, Care Team(s), etc.
    Why? I’m on THEIR “Service,” part of their “Census,” & OVERLOOKED, AS USUAL because I am a Female Veteran.
    I am NOT DOING THEIR JOB(S) 4 THEM ANY LONGER…#PatientAdvocate @ #PVAMC us a JOKE…5 Complaints since 2010, ZERO ACTION; ZERO ADDRESSMENT, EVEN after informing that Office my Lawyer is STILL waiting 4 the Action & proper paperwork detailing original complaints & what ACTIVE actions the #PVAMC #PatientAdvocate has taken to both CORRECT the gross maltreatment & ongoing injuries via VA negligent treatment, & restitution to make one whole.
    CoVID19-Vaccines are just another botched-up, favorites-first, females-whenever
    -the-media-is-looking dog-&-pony show…

  25. Mark Proell    

    Well at least I know how and why I must wait to get my shot. I will have to wait until i’m 76 years old before I will get my shot.. 3 years is not to long to wait for my shot. I hope I still have my health then….Mark

  26. Stephen Self    

    I want the vaccine. I am 70 years old.I need an appointment before Veterans Affairs will set up a ride for me

  27. Pat Kennedy    

    I want to say, as a Retired Hospital Corpsman, I think the VA is doing a very good job getting the Vets taken care of. Thank you all for your hard work during this Covid Epidemic.

  28. Dennis Holland    

    Well reading emails, and FB posting from others around the nation. I have found out a simple fact…the Government which ended on Noon Jan 20th 2021 didn’t have a plan on get not just the Caregivers/Doctors/Nurses/1st Responders and some of the others. That is Vaccine/Needles/Gloves/Alcohol Wipes/Nurses to inject the willing Arms and a space to sit for 15 to 20 minute to see if you had an adverse affect to the Shot. I some parts of business and military its referred to as Logistics. All they had to do is to ask people who have given vaccinations to lots of people in short period of time. Any of who have served in the last 50 or so years can remember walking the line and exposed arms with those square needles or they said. One thing to remember if you have some other type of vaccinations (not the COVID-19 shot) there is fourteen (14) day waiting period before you can have the COVID-19 shot. Also you have be health at the time to as temperatures will be taken. I say this as I had a shot today and will have now count out the next 14 days in order to say “YES give me the COVID-19 shot”. Sorry I watch the local state news reporting on the number of cases, and the number of death too and the death number is not one I care to join at this time. So make sure Vet that you have sign up so they know you wish to be vaccinated…hopefully sooner than later.

  29. Stephen B Rosenthal    

    I am a disabled Vietnam veteran age 75 years, six months residing in MN, I applied and was accepted in the MN CV19 vaccination lottery and will receive my second vaccination tomorrow. I spent twenty years volunteering on the MN Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Task Force. I have been carefully following the progress of CV19 vaccination in V.A. facilities, although I have been vaccinated once and will receive my booster within hours. Nationally, I have read that veterans over the age of 75, who are eligible for V.A. Health, should contact their local V.A. Health facility.

    This morning, however, I received an informational email from Minnesota’s V.A. Health center that vaccinations for CV19 will only be currently available for those V.A. Health eligible who are ages 76+, not 75+. One would expect that eligibility standards would consistent across the U.S.

  30. Lawrence S Yates    

    When n where can I get a vaccine? And can my wife get one with me?

  31. Kevin Charles Collins    

    I’m 100% disabled with asbestos and emphysema and myopic COPD .I would like to have my shots so I can go to California and see my mom once more she is93 years old and soon enough one of us will be transfering our energy some place else.

  32. Kathy Weyers    

    My husband who is 77 yrs old is have the shot very soonnot in the VA system however he has made an application. He served 38 + years of National Guard service and why can’t he get a shot. Just because he doesn’t have a VA id card shouldn’t make him disqualified. I’m in the system and got my first and the second on Feb 24. He has high blood pressure and heart health concerns.

  33. Donald H Armour    

    My health is at a constant deterioration and after being qualified 100% disabled for the last 20 years. How do I get mine even though I am only 56
    Thanks

  34. Robert Reynolds    

    I am an 80 year old veteran and a patient at the Palo Alto VA hospital. I have filled out two different forms to be notified when I can get a COVID vaccine and have read on their website “don’t call us, we’ll call you”.
    I also have Kaiser as my Medicare supplemental company..
    I am scheduled with Kaiser for my second shot of Moderna in 10 days.
    Why is the VA so far behind and so difficult to deal with in this pandemic?

  35. C gero    

    Civilians that never served and are 65 and above are eligible for civilian covid shots! Vets even us combat vets that age up to 75 do not qualify for covid vaccines through the va system! I guess our service to country and still alive was not enough! To qualify for the vaccine through our medical facility I.e. va!
    Any dirt ball working at the va qualifies as well! How soon we forget!
    Had a torn meniscus and va blew me off for 4 months while in extreme pain. Paid out of pocket for surgery! Va said they didn’t do meniscus surgery only new knees. I’m 100% disabled vet. Don’t thank me for my service. Do something about it! Congressman Doggett was aware as well and did nothing for me! I used to respect him, now he is a dirt ball like the rest of the va !!!

  36. Thomas Wilson    

    When can I get my and my wife covid shots

  37. Gloria Thompson    

    Are windows of veterans eligible for the vaccines?

  38. Joel H Payne    

    I am a veteran who has ALREADY received the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine [BOTH doses} from another source.. How do I remove my name from eligibility list? It might free up a space for another Vet.-Joel

  39. Leonard HOWARD    

    I’ve been waiting for a call or text or email to let me know when I can get the vaccine. I am a diabetic, heart patient & have copd. This is all in my records. I’m 78 years old & thought I’d have my shot by now. I’ve called & they tell me I’m on the list. AM I?

  40. Diana Spano    

    Please delete my last comment because it contains my email address. I didn’t realize that I was posting to this site. Thank you.

    [Editor: I delete every instance of personal contact left in comments.]

  41. Richard C Vizcarra    

    Tested positive on Dec 23rd., do i have to wait to get my vaccine?

  42. Robert J Lucchesi    

    Thank you Veteran’s Administration Hospital services. As a Viet Nam veteran I fall under the VA medical care guidelines, and APPRECIATE it VERY MUCH. Special thanks to the ENTIRE staff at the Boise VA Medical Center, they have spoiled me over the years with their kindness and services for which they have provided me. When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccinations, I signed up to be notified when available and received an email to contact my health team. I called up on Monday January 4th and received my first Moderna vaccinaton on the afternoon of January 5th, second vaccination on February 2nd. Thank you VA for ALL that you do.
    Sincerely,
    Robert J. Lucchesi

  43. Kathy Ann Turner    

    I receive my care at the Plano Outpatient Clinic. Any chance of getting my shot there?

  44. James L. Raasch    

    I am 73 soon to be 74 (3-27-47)
    I have Type II diabetes
    Should I not be near the top of the list for a vaccination ?

    1. BRUCE DYER    

      No, I have Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and a triple bypass – I’m 72 and have not been scheduled. The VA has given me the finest health care in the past and it is not an issue here (Providence). What is an issue is that the last administration apparently indicated that more doses of the vaccine(s) were ordered than delivered. RI was supposed to get 56,000 doses a week, then it was cut to 1,400 a week. That kind of planning was rife in the last administration.

  45. James Fitzgerald    

    I was told to get my first dose on the outside if it would be quicker. I did. And now they tell me I can’t come back to the VA. For my second dose. This wasn’t explained at all.

  46. Mary Jane Sunamoto    

    I’m my husband caregiver. What is PCAFC? How can I enroll? I enrolled in champ va last year. Haven’t heard from them. Is PCAFC the same as champ va?

    1. Maggie Belyeu    

      PCAFC is the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, sponsored by VA. Google it & the link will come up. You & your husband can apply for it if the veteran is at least 70% rated for service-connected disability during a specific time frame & the veteran must have been discharged AND need at least 6 months of continuous, in-person personal care services. It is *not* ChampVA, but the primary family caregiver is required to have health insurance. (Your ChampVA would apply here.) Everything about the program is available online. I’d recommend that you look it over & see if it would apply to your situation. Best of luck to you & yours.

  47. John Cooper    

    Well I did sign up for a vaccine. I got a text back after I gave them a possible date. But it’s a machine that texts you. I keep trying to get the vaccine closer to home but it is a machine. Can’t seem to make heads or tales. It keeps popping up new dates and times. Pretty useless if you ask me!

  48. Patrick Mahoney    

    The end of January I received my first vaccine and I return February 12 for my second at James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. I would just like to say that this was the most organized operation I have ever experienced. Congratulations to all involved in the planning and administration. Thank You.

    1. Edwin Wilson    

      My experience with PCP and James Haley has been exactly the opposite. I just get the run-around from PCP and staff. Glad you got the care you needed.

  49. Kelly P. Goad    

    I am out of town for the next three months. Is it possible for me to get the vaccine at a VA clinic near Eglin AFB or Hulbert field?
    Thank you.

  50. Kevin Nolan    

    When will the VA decide to vaccinate all Veterans, regardless if they are or are not enrolled in VA Health Care? My wife is a veteran and is not eligible for VA health care (income). I am enrolled (60% disabled). I rather have her get vacinnated before I get vaccinated.

    Apparently, Veterans without disabilities don’t count.

  51. Richard Davis Davis    

    On Feb 15th NY will start giving vaccines to all with comorbidities. When does teh VA plan on doing this?

  52. Helen C. Custer    

    As of Feb 1, 2021, I was approved under the PCAFC Caregivers for my husband, George A. Custer (8611). Mr. Custer received his first vaccine on Jan 20, 2021 and scheduled for his second on Feb 18, 2021. How do I coordinate when I could receive my vaccinations through the Roseburg VA?
    Thank you,
    Helen C. Custer

    1. Veterans Health Administration    

      Please review the facilities website on COVID-19 vaccines and follow the instructions provided here: https://www.roseburg.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

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