VA Begins Administering COVID-19 Booster Shots to Vulnerable Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun the process of administering booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable veterans. This program has been put into place after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot, to help veterans who are at higher risk due to coronavirus infection. Booster shots for other vaccines, including those created by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still under review, but are also expected to be offered once they are authorized.

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VA Clinics Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) began offering the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans late in 2020. While they initially focused on vulnerable veterans with certain disabilities, they have now expanded access so that any veteran getting their healthcare through VA clinics can get vaccinated. This will help to protect veterans who may not be in traditional risk groups, but nevertheless may be put in danger if they become infected by COVID-19. Continue reading “VA Clinics Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccine”

VA Services Resume After Being Halted During COVID-19 Crisis

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) was forced to close down many of its services to the public during the coronavirus crisis. During the height of the pandemic, the risk that vulnerable patients would be infected was too great. Thanks to these efforts, though, the rate of COVID-19 infection has dropped enough that the VA is now reopening many of these shuttered services to the public. Continue reading “VA Services Resume After Being Halted During COVID-19 Crisis”

New Screening Tool Helps VA Diagnose COVID Faster

New York, along with many other states, is in the middle of reopening their states after a lengthy quarantine. However, the coronavirus remains a serious public health threat, particularly to people with long-term medical issues like disabled veterans. To help protect these vulnerable individuals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has introduced a new digital screening tool to help isolate potential COVID infections before they enter a VA medical facility. Continue reading “New Screening Tool Helps VA Diagnose COVID Faster”