VA is making it easier to keep track of your community administered vaccinations. Veterans who receive immunizations through an in-network community provider or retail pharmacy no longer need to provide VA documentation to ensure these vaccinations are entered in their patient record.
VA recently implemented an improved Community Administration of Vaccine Encounters (CAVE) process, which automatically records immunizations into your medical record. The November 2021 CAVE update expands the process to include flu, COVID-19 and other authorized immunizations administered by community providers.
If you are given an immunization in an emergency department or urgent care setting, you will still need to provide a copy of the immunization record to your VA provider.
Seamless process improves Veterans’ Continuity of Care
CAVE is seamless for you because immunizations given by providers in the community – billed to and paid for by VA – will be automatically added to your VA health record.
The CAVE process is also seamless for in-network community providers and retail pharmacies because it does not change the claims submission process or required data.
Increases Veterans’ safety
CAVE enhances your safety. By automatically recording community-administered vaccines, we reduce the chance you will receive a duplicate vaccination.
Through the CAVE process, the vaccine’s name, manufacturer and date the vaccine was administered will automatically be recorded in your VA medical record.
Community administered immunizations are added to your VA medical record 30 business days after they are administered, or when the claim is received, whichever is longer. COVID-19 vaccinations will be added 10 business days after they are administered or when the claim is received, whichever is longer.
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