VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
VASNHCS Prepares for Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccine
RENO, NV – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced VA medical centers in New Orleans, LA and Bedford, MA are the first two department facilities to begin administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline health care employees and Veterans residing in long-term care Community Living and Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder centers.
Both facilities are part of an initial group of 37 VA medical centers across the country that began receiving and administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week.
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) anticipates receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in future distributions to be announced soon. In anticipation of the vaccine’s arrival, VASNHCS has formulated a plan to notify enrolled Veterans and efficiently administer vaccinations to staff and Veterans.
“We are dedicated to ensuring all Veterans receiving care here, and our staff, are offered the vaccine,” said Lisa Howard, VASNHCS Director. “Our number one goal remains the health and wellbeing of our Veterans and employees, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.”
VASNHCS health care workers will be among the first to receive vaccinations because they are at high risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19 and their health is critical to ensuring the continued care of Veterans. As vaccine supplies increase, VASNHCS enrolled Veterans will receive vaccinations based on factors such as age, existing health problems and other considerations that increase the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
VASNHCS will be reaching out to enrolled Veterans at all its clinic locations soon to begin scheduling appointments to administer the vaccine. In the meantime, Veterans seeking additional information can sign up to get updated information through VA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Keep Me Informed tool, visit the VA Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs webpage, contact their care team, or visit their facility website.