COVID-19 VA Vaccination UPDATE
If you are a veteran, or know a veteran, who is looking to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, there are options available to you through the VA. Below, you’ll find where you can have the vaccine administered in our area. Please note, you need to be enrolled in the VA Health Care System in order to receive a vaccine through the VA.
- Option 1: Daily vaccination by appointment only at the Philadelphia VA (Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC) from 7:30 am-3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
- Currently vaccinating all Veterans age 65 and older.
- Veterans younger than 65 years of age who are at elevated risk can be referred by their clinical care team based on national criteria. If a Veteran feels that he or she is in this category they should please reach out to their VA clinic team for guidance on scheduling.
- Sign up for further details here, or contact by calling (215)-823-4014.
- Option 2: Lyons, NJ —VA New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons campus has begun COVID-19 vaccination by appointment, with the Moderna COVID-19. As vaccines become 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.
- Option 3: VA’s Brick (James J. Howard) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) began COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, January 25th and it continues to operate 3 days a week.
- It will be by appointment only and primarily for Veterans rather than employees.
- VA Schedulers will be calling Veterans age >65 to start. If you are under age 65 and have health conditions, please contact your health care clinic team for guidance with scheduling an appointment.
- Sign up for further details here.
Option 4: Burlington County, NJ – Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurt. To be eligible you must be a TRICARE recipient living within 40 miles of Joint Base MDL, or be a member of the Joint Base MDL workforce. As of Feb. 3, only Phase 1A and 1B priority groups are receiving the vaccine.
Phase 1A is for Joint Base MDL health care workers and first responders.
Phase 1B is for personnel preparing to deploy within 90 days; TRICARE beneficiaries or Joint Base MDL workforce members who are 75 and older; and frontline essential workers.
Phase 1C is for unit-determined mission essential employees; TRICARE beneficiaries or Joint Base MDL workforce members who are 65 and older; and individuals who are 16-64 and are at increased risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC.
Phase 2 is for all healthy eligible individuals 16 and older who do not fall into the above categories.
Registering on the website by clicking here will guarantee vaccination once vaccines are available for the assigned priority group. Even if there are no initial doses available at that time, it is imperative members utilize the website to sign up for the waitlist.
Caregivers who are officially part of VA Caregivers Support Program can receive Covid Vaccine through the VA
Caregivers eligible to receive the COVID vaccination who are currently participating in the Program for Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Stipend - PCAFC). Caregiver Support Program (CSP) staff have identified eligible and interested caregivers enrolled in PCAFC and provided this information directly to the Vaccine Coordinators to offer an appointment to receive the vaccination along with their eligible Veterans.
Criteria to apply for PCAFC are:
1. Veterans are 70% service-connected or greater
2. Have incurred or aggravated a service related injury on or before May 7, 1975 or on or after 9/11/2001
3. Demonstrated clinical need for assistance with personal care (ADL’s) for a minimum of six continuous months.
4. Without such assistance with personal care would otherwise require institutionalization or higher level of care such as PCH, ALF, CNH, hospitalization, etc.
Information on the caregiver programs offered can be found at this website: here
Information specific to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can be found at this website: here
Veterans and caregivers can apply online: here
Once the application is received, Veterans and Caregivers must be assessed by local VA team and then will be approved or denied by the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Clinical Eligibility & Appeals Team. This process can up to 3-4 months. Veterans who are not 70% service-connected or greater, or not injured or aggravated their service connected injury during the specified timeframe, are administratively ineligible and will automatically be denied.
Caregivers who do not want to wait this length of time or are ineligible for the COVID Vaccine through the VA are encouraged to reach out to their community Primary Care Provider for guidance. In order to stay updated about changes with the vaccination availability, please go to the following website and fill out the information: here