VA expands Covid vaccinations to all veterans, caregivers and spouses

Posted 10 April 2021 at 8:56 am

Press Release, VA Western New York

BUFFALO/BATAVIA — VA Western New York Healthcare System is providing Covid-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military to include their caregivers and spouses and some other beneficiaries under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act that was signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.

The expanded authority depends on the readily available Covid-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to prioritize veteran s enrolled in VA care. Previously, only veterans that were already enrolled and eligible for VA health care could receive Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Since the start of the pandemic, VA WNYHS (Western New York Healthcare System) has been focused on vaccinating as many veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act,” said Royce Calhoun, associate director of VA WNYHS.

Veterans now eligible under the SAVE LIVES Act who wish to receive a vaccine can click here to register online and stay informed on the VA’s vaccine rollout process.

Additionally, veterans, caregivers and spouses of veterans can call directly to schedule their Covid-19 vaccination at (716) 862-7868.

To maintain continued health and safety during the pandemic, please do not visit a VA facility for a Covid-19 vaccine without an appointment.