VA Expands COVID Vaccine Availability 26-Jan-2021 - Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

 

VA Expands COVID Vaccine Availability 26-Jan-2021

Veteran receiving COVID vaccine

Veteran Murlene Jones receives her COVID-19 vaccine. If you are a southeast Louisiana Veteran interested in the COVID-19 vaccines, call VA at 1-800-935-8387 extension 72819.

By Phil Walls
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System is expanding the group of Veterans currently being scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations to include Veterans with certain high-risk health conditions and Veterans who are essential workers. Currently, any Veteran who is eligible for VA health care and who falls into any of the categories below can be scheduled for a vaccine now. 

  • Veterans age 65 and older
  • Veterans 16-64 in the following high-risk groups:
    • Dialysis
    • Chemotherapy
    • Homeless or congregate living
    • Long term care facility
    • Spinal Cord Injury (inpatient or outpatient)
    • Transplant
  • Veterans ages 16-64 with the following high-risk medical conditions as defined by CDC
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Obesity and Severe Obesity (BMI ≥30)
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Smoking
    • Type II Diabetes
    • Pregnancy
  • Veterans of any age who are considered essential workers as defined by CDC (must bring proof of work)
    • First responders (firefighters, police)
    • Health care workers
    • Education (teachers, support staff, daycare)
    • Agriculture and food processing workers Manufacturing
    • Corrections workers
    • US Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Food service
    • Shelter and housing (construction
    • Finance
    • IT and Communication
    • Energy workers
    • Media workers
    • Legal workers
    • Public safety (engineers)
    • Water and wastewater workers
  • Some designated family caregivers may qualify for vaccines:
  • Family caregivers who are enrolled in our Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) are eligible for vaccination when the Veteran they care for becomes eligible. If the Veteran you care for meets the criteria above, both you and the Veteran may be able to get vaccinated now. Vaccinating caregivers helps us support and protect Veterans.
In time, VA will offer a vaccine to all Veterans receiving VA health care who want one.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans interested in the vaccine may contact VA at 1-800-935-8387 extension 72819 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
More information on CDC vaccination phases can be found at CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices web site.

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