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VA NorCal Offering Walk-In Vaccinations, J&J on Thursdays

UPDATE 05/12/2021 On 05/10/2021, the VA announced it would be offering COVID-19 vaccinations on a walk-in basis to eligible Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Richard Stone, M.D., said, “VA encourages those who wish to get their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment to check the walk-in hours and requirements at their local facility. Individuals taking advantage of walk-in vaccinations may need … Continue reading VA NorCal Offering Walk-In Vaccinations, J&J on Thursdays

COVID-19 & the LGBTQ+ Community, VA CLCs & People w/ HIV

This past week, several studies and reports were released related to COVID-19 and its effects on the LGBTQ+ community, the nation’s VA Community Living Centers (CLCs), and people with HIV. Below is a rundown on the facts and findings of each study along with links for your review. CDC Report: COVID-19 & Disparities Related to Sexual Orientation and Specific Racial/Ethnic Groups On February 5, 2021, … Continue reading COVID-19 & the LGBTQ+ Community, VA CLCs & People w/ HIV

VA: Information on COVID-19 Trials & Impact on Minority Populations

Today, the VA’s Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) released the following information on COVID-19. The VA CFOI’s mission is to engage, educate, and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations. VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and … Continue reading VA: Information on COVID-19 Trials & Impact on Minority Populations

VAntage Point: Caregivers Can Get COVID-19 Tests, Vaccine

According to VAntage Point, the VA’s official blog, Caregivers of Veterans are now eligible for COVID-19 testing and vaccination: Designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers can receive COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability. β€œCaregivers play a critical role in caring for some of our … Continue reading VAntage Point: Caregivers Can Get COVID-19 Tests, Vaccine

With COVID-19 Vaccines in Sight, the VA Preps Plans to Distribute

Over and over since the COVID-19 pandemic fired up earlier this year, we’ve seen grim milestone after grim milestone passed with disturbing speed. With nearly 11.5 million cases and 250,000 deaths in the U.S., we’ve perhaps become numb to the statistics. In that numbness, perhaps we’ve made an unconscious decision to stop looking for a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. With so much happening in 2020, news of something like a vaccine seemed far off. That may have changed.

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Weekly Veteran News Roundup, 21-25 September 2020

Start your weekend by getting caught up on the week’s news regarding Veterans compiled from this week’s social media posts and news alerts. 25 September 2020 VA breaks ground on first American Indian Veterans Memorial at national veterans cemetery, Connecting Vets, 25 September 2020 Two Charged in Coronavirus Outbreak at Veterans’ Home That Left 76 Dead, New York Times, 25 September 2020 Superintendent, ex-medical director … Continue reading Weekly Veteran News Roundup, 21-25 September 2020