Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
COVID Vaccine Update
Captain Richard L. Halferty USN (ret)
   
 
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The VA Medical system is now able to vaccinate spouses, Veterans (enrolled and unenrolled) of all ages and some caregivers.  

 

COVID Vaccine Update

 

Congress has passed a new law, the SAVE LIVES act, that allows Houston VA to offer COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care, along with some spouses and caregivers and CHAMPVA beneficiaries.

 

Houston VA has plenty of COVID vaccine and we are now vaccinating Veterans of all ages (regardless of whether they are enrolled at the VA), their spouses and caregivers, as well as CHAMPVA beneficiaries.  

 

You can walk in without an appointment to get the vaccine at our main medical center (2002 Holcombe Blvd) at the following locations every week through the month of April:

Monday-Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building 108A

Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Drive Thru Vaccine Clinic, enter through our Almeda gate and get the vaccine from the comfort of your vehicle.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon, Drive Thru Vaccine Clinic; noon to 4 p.m., Main Medical Center Primary Care hallway on first floor

 

* If you are the spouse of a Veteran and would like to get the vaccine, bring your Veteran’s social security number and your ID with you as verification.

 *If you are a Veteran who is not enrolled in the VA but would like to get the vaccine, be sure to bring your DD214 with you as verification.  

 

The following groups of individuals are eligible to be scheduled and receive the COVID-19 vaccination at any Houston VA facility.

  • Enrolled Veterans and their spouses
  • Priority Group 8E and 8G Veterans and their spouses
  • Not Eligible Veterans and their spouses (Except groups outlined below)
  • Caregivers (Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers)
  • Caregivers of Veterans participating in the VA’s Program of General Caregiver Support Services
  • Caregivers of Veterans participating in the VA’s Medical Foster Home Program, Bowel and Bladder Program, Home Based Primary Care Program, or Veteran Directed Care Program
  • CHAMPVA
  • Character of Discharge 12D and their spouses

 

The following groups of individuals and their spouses are not eligible to be scheduled or receive the COVID-19 Vaccination at any VAMC.

  • Bad Conduct
  • Dishonorable
  • DVA
  • Character of Discharge 12C

 

Note: Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. Our goal is for you to be protected from COVID-19, and we encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.

 

Visit our vaccine information page for more information about our walk-in vaccine clinic events. You can also call us at 713-794-8985 if you would like to make an appointment to get the vaccine. If you have questions about your eligibility for a vaccine, call our eligibility office at 713-794-7288.

 

For your information,

 

r/

Dick

 

Captain Richard L. Halferty USN (ret)

Chairman

Texas Lone Star Chapter of Korean War Veterans, Inc.

Houston, TEXAS

USA

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