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North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Expanding COVID19 Vaccination Criteria

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:32 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

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Dear Veteran, 

As we continue to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team is working diligently to vaccinate Veterans as quickly as possible with our available supply of the COVID-19 Vaccine. 

North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) is expanding its criteria to include additional Veterans. The COVID-19 vaccine is now being offered to enrolled and eligible Veterans who receive care from VA in the following categories: 

·      NEW!! Veterans under the age of 65 with high risk conditions that increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. These conditions includeobesity, diabetes, COPDsickle cell diseasekidney disease, smoking, cancer and heart disease 

·      Veterans over the age of 65

·      High Risk Veterans: Homeless Veterans, Hemodialysis patients, Solid Organ Transplant patients, or patients enlisted for transplant, and Chemotherapy patient (receiving chemotherapy in a clinic/hospital setting) of any age

·      Veterans employed as essential workers (fire fighter, police officers, corrections officer, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (Teachers, support staff, and daycare workers), of any age. Documentation Required. 

Veterans who are enrolled and eligible who fall into one of the current categories, can call352-548-6000 ext. 103755, to schedule an appointment. If the vaccine is not available at their preferred site of care, Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at another NF/SGVHS location or be vaccinated though a no appointment needed drive thru/walk up event (while supplies last). 

The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you, other Veterans and our staff by lowering the risk of getting an infection. Vaccines will also slow the spread of the virus protecting our families, friends, and neighbors. Even after being vaccinated, it’s important to continue wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you. 

As supply increases and we have offered vaccine to interested Veterans who meet our current criteria, additional groups of Veterans will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment. We thank you for your patience. Visit our website for more information: COVID-19 Vaccines - North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System


   

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