VA NorCal Opens Up Vaccinations to Adolescents Under SAVE LIVES Act

Update 06/15/2021 Last week, VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) announced it will begin offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act, on June 10 at the Sacramento VA Medical Center and Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic. COVID-19 vaccines will be available to Veteran caregivers and those who qualify as beneficiaries under VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program. … Continue reading VA NorCal Opens Up Vaccinations to Adolescents Under SAVE LIVES Act

VA NorCal Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood … Continue reading VA NorCal Update on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

In October 2019, the UCLA’s Williams Institute released a study detailing the preferences and characteristics of LGBT+ voters in relation to the 2020 General Election. The study indicated that, at the time, 1 in 5 LGBT+ adults (~21%) was not registered to vote and almost 9 million LGBT+ adults were eligible registered and eligible to vote. 2020 saw the nation grappling with a pandemic, a … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

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

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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COVID-19 provides VA opportunities to innovate access to care

These days, there’s not a moment that goes by that we’re not reminded that we are in the midst of a pandemic. From climbing cases worldwide to growing casualty numbers to the social division initiated by masks, it can become overwhelming when it’s your turn to visit your health care providers. We’re now over seven months into these unsettling times and, in that time, health … Continue reading COVID-19 provides VA opportunities to innovate access to care