Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.
Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you.
Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs
We understand many Veterans are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You must already receive care at VA or be eligible to receive care at VA in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by a scheduled appointment.
During this initial phase of limited supply, our facilities are offering vaccinations to the following categories of Veterans receiving care at VA, by appointment. We are contacting Veterans directly when vaccine is available to offer.
|Eligible High Risk Veterans: Community Living Centers and other congregate living settings, Homeless Veterans, Hemodialysis patients, Solid Organ Transplant patients or patients who are listed for transplant, Spinal Cord Injury, and Chemotherapy patients (receiving chemotherapy in a clinic/hospital setting).
|Eligible Veterans aged 65 and older
|Eligible Veterans employed as essential frontline workers (aged 18 and up): firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as daycare workers who have not yet received the first dose. You must bring identification or documentation that you are employed as an essential worker defined by the CDC.
|Eligible Veterans younger than 65 with high risk conditions: High-risk medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart failure, coronary artery disease, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes, 100% disabled Veterans and more found here.
|Eligible Veterans younger than 65
We are contacting Veterans who meet this criteria directly to schedule an appointment.
As additional vaccine becomes available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up, although Veterans are encouraged to let their Primary Care Provider know so that they can make a note in the patient’s chart and follow up when vaccine is available to them. We encourage communicating with your provider during regularly scheduled appointments or via electronic communication methods, for example, the MyHealtheVet portal.
To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.
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