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Veterans, spouses and caregivers now eligible for COVID vaccine

March 29, 2021

U.S. Veterans, Veteran spouses and caregivers can now receive no-cost COVID-19 vaccines through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act signed into law March 24 expands the VA’s authority to provide vaccines to individuals not previously eligible for vaccine enrollment. Previously, vaccines were being offered only to those enrolled in the VA healthcare system.

However, supply is currently limited. According to the VA’s website, vaccines will be prioritized based on:
1. Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system
2. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA healthcare system but receive hospital care and medical services for specified disabilities in their first 12 months of separation from service
3. Caregivers accompanying such prioritized Veterans.

More information
Learn how to get the COVID-19 vaccine from VA. Find answers to general VA COVID-19 vaccine questions. Read the National MS Society’s guidance on COVID-19 vaccines and MS.
 

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