SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Salem VA Health Care System will now provide COVID-19 vaccination to anyone who served in the military, as well as their caregivers and spouses.
This is due to the expanded authority granted by the SAVES LIVES Act, which was signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.
Recipients of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits can also receive the COVID-19 vaccination under the SAVES LIVES Act.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been focused on vaccinating as many Veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act. We have already provided more than 17,000 doses of vaccine to Veterans throughout Southwest Virginia, and the SAVE LIVES Act allows us to expand our efforts even further.”Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Chief of Pharmacy at the Salem VA Medical Center
Those eligible to receive the vaccine under the SAVES LIVES Act should go to www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccine to register.
A member of the Salem VA Medical Center staff will contact veterans to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. Health officials are asking those eligible to not visit a VA facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.