The Veterans Administration is rolling out the vaccine for COVID-19. But many veterans may be faster served by going through their state and local authorities to get the vaccine instead.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has put its priority on first vaccinating veterans inside of nursing homes. And after what transpired in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and other locations, this is the correct call.
However, whereas states are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) the VA is stricter.
CDC guidelines state that after healthcare workers and long-term care (LTC) residents are treated, people 65 years old and above and those with conditions that place them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be treated first. Yet, after nursing home veterans were vaccinated, some VA centers have begun issuing the vaccine to veterans 85 or older; they will be followed by veterans 75 or older.