When Am I Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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On Feb 2, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emailed an update on when Veterans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and how VA would notify eligible Veterans.

Essentially, VA sorts Veterans into eligibility groups, based on greatest VA and CDC risk criteria. How do you know when it’s your group’s turn? VA says local facilities will contact eligible Veterans by phone, text, or email, but VA also invites Veterans to sign up for the Keep Me Informed tool, so they can get the latest information, as VA publishes it.

So which group is VA vaccinating right now? According to its latest updates, the following groups are currently receiving vaccinations, as of Feb 3, 2021:

“1. VA health care personnel. Vaccinating our VA health care personnel helps us continue to provide care for Veterans.

2. Veterans living in our long-term care facilities

3. Veterans who receive care at VA and are at high risk from COVID-19 based on VA and CDC risk criteria. At many VA health care facilities, this group includes all Veterans who are at least 75 years old. Each facility will determine when Veterans in this group can receive a vaccine. They’ll base this decision on vaccine availability, local needs, as well as the strict storage and handling requirements of the vaccines.

4. Family caregivers who are enrolled in our Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) are eligible for vaccination when the Veteran they care for becomes eligible. If the Veteran you care for meets the criteria above, both you and the Veteran may be able to get vaccinated now. Vaccinating caregivers helps us support and protect Veterans.”

For more information, and to find out where to go if you have questions regarding VA’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, head over to VA’s COVID-19 FAQs.