VA Offers COVID Booster to Eligible Vets

VA Offers COVID Booster to Eligible Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs is administering Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine boosters under an Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is boosted after the primary series at least six months after the original series.

The VA is prioritizing this benefit to those veterans who are older than 65 or those in the age range of 50-64 who have significant underlying medical conditions to receive the booster shot, based on the risk and benefit associated with their medical condition, according to the VA website.

Denis McDonough, secretary of the VA, said the booster doses were a significant step forward in combating COVID-19. Veterans with valid eligibility can take advantage of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, thus helping us continue to keep people safe and save lives during the pandemic of COVID-19.

According to the VA, the booster will be made available as soon as supply and capacity permit to veterans and their family members of all ages.

The SAVE LIVES Act (SLA), which was signed into law in March of this year, allows the VA to offer the vaccine and booster to those typically not covered by VA health care.

Under the VA’s expanded authority, the VA can now offer vaccines to veterans who would not typically qualify for VA services, as well as their spouses, family members and caregivers.

Those veterans who already receive care in a VA hospital and are due for the booster shots will be contacted and advised of the recommended booster shots. The boosters may be offered on an appointment basis or on a walk-in basis.

The VA continues to raise awareness of the vaccine to veterans who still need to be vaccinated. Without the booster, the vaccine alone still offers great protection from COVID-19 and makes the risk 10 times less likely that one will be hospitalized or die from it.