VA Boston HCS Moderna COVID-19 Update

On Monday, December 21, 2020 we received our first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and began offering it to VA Staff and Veterans of our Community Living Center and Spinal Cord Injury units. We have continued to offer the vaccine to inpatients and staff who are at the highest risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus, or of becoming severely ill from COVID- 19. We plan to offer vaccine to all Veterans who receive care at VA Boston and are following national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VA on the criteria and order of vaccine delivery. Patients who are health care workers, or first responders, should proceed with vaccination as soon as it is offered by their employer, but also are eligible to receive it as a patient in our healthcare system based on the schedule and criteria below.

By mid-January we will offer the vaccine to outpatients, beginning with our Brockton Campus on January 5th followed by our Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Campuses the week of January 11th. The first outpatients to receive the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine will be patients with high risk medical conditions such as undergoing dialysis, chemotherapy, transplant treatment as well as homeless Veterans and those in congregate living situations. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.

In the coming weeks and months thereafter, we will receive more shipments of the vaccine and give it to outpatient Veterans based on the criteria established by the CDC. We will move as aggressively as possible to vaccinate VA Boston Veterans in line with the CDC’s phased plan for providing vaccines. Our projected timetable depending on vaccine availability is shown in the table below.

VA Boston will call each Veteran in order of priority to offer a vaccine appointment. Once the vaccine has been offered to all Veterans in an age group, we will move on to call the next group. Appointments are required and there will not be walk-in hours.

Our staff can’t provide vaccines to anyone who isn’t eligible for VA care at this time. If you would like to enroll in VA healthcare, please call  1-877-222-VETS (8387).

For more information visit: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

TARGET GROUP
(Veterans enrolled at VA Boston)

PROJECTED DATE
(Dates may change depending on vaccine availability)

Residents of VA Boston’s Community Living Center or Spinal Cord Injury Unit Completed December 2020
Veterans Age 85+ January 2021
Veterans Age 75+ February 2021
Veterans Age 65+ March 2021
Veterans Age 50+ April 2021
Veterans Age 50 and younger May 2021

*The time frame above is only a projection. Based on the number of actual SCI/D veterans registered in the VA Boston HCS, and dependent on vaccine quantities available, it is estimated all SCI/D veterans registered could be vaccinated within the next 60 days.

The VA Boston HCS SCI Service is also working with the other  New England VA SCI/D facilities to have their veterans vaccinated within the same time frame.

Primary care providers will individually contact registered veterans to schedule vaccination appointments. Therefore they ask, please do not try to call your provider or SCI/D clinics to schedule appointments.

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