January 15, 2021
In a major win for veterans and those who care for them, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow thousands of caregivers to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
VA plans to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines to veteran caregivers enrolled in its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, VA Press Secretary Christina Noel said. VA has yet to formally announce the change in policy, but Noel said an update is coming soon.
The decision was made by Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone, who notified VA staff by memo, saying VA designated primary and secondary caregivers will likely receive the vaccine with the same priority as the veterans they care for.
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