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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

Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

When it comes to LGBTQ+ Veterans, the VA separates lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans and transgender/intersex Veterans. The differentiation is not discriminatory; it is necessary because the VA recognizes that LGB and transgender/intersex Veterans face different health issues. Mental health for LGBTQ+ Veterans is multilayered due to the progress of military equality starting with the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy … Continue reading Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

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

#TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Did You Know Over 134,000 U.S. Veterans are estimated to be transgender and, before the transgender military ban was lifted in 2021, there were over 15,000 transgender people serving in the U.S. military Transgender people are at least two to three times more likely to have served in the U.S. military; motivated by patriotism, life direction, and family history of service, transgender people may have … Continue reading #TDOV: Transgender Veterans

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

According to the largest-ever study of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, about 56% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination while trying to seek medical treatment. A 2016 survey found that 68.5% of LGBT+ people who experienced discrimination in the year before had been negatively affected psychologically, about 43.7% said discrimination had adversely affected their physical well-being. For all the legislation and … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

Did you know that the VA has a program for LGBT+ Veterans and that there are personnel at nearly all VA facilities nationwide that are tasked to help LGBT+ Veterans with care issues? In 2016, the VA started addressing healthcare issues specific to LGBTQ+ Veterans by appointing LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators (VCCs) at VA facilities. VCCs are licensed clinicians responsible for promoting best practices for … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

It’s National LGBT+ Health Awareness Week!

Did you know that the last full week of the month of March is LGBT+ Health Awareness Week? Since 2003, LGBT+ Health Awareness Week has sought to highlight the importance of LGBT+ health and wellness and bring awareness of the unique care needs of the LGBT+ community. Additionally, LGBT+ Health Awareness Week seeks to bring to light the reasons members of the LGBT+ community are … Continue reading It’s National LGBT+ Health Awareness Week!