12 Mar U.S. House of Representatives Passes VA Vaccine Act
Aiming to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans and caregivers, The US House of Representatives passed the VA Vaccine Act on 9th March 2021. This bipartisan bill was sponsored unanimously by a group of lawmakers, including Rep. Vern Buchanan and introduced by Mike Bost, a US Representative.
Passing the VA Vaccine Act would enable Veterans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they are not registered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The new VA vaccine bill would grant the Veterans free vaccination, regardless of their income, which wasn’t the case earlier.
According to Bost, “After such a difficult year, stories about Veterans being denied of vaccinations is painful to hear.” He added that this bill would act as a lifeline for our community’s most marginalized sector and aid them in these challenging times. Moreover, it would also help caregivers who work for the Veterans.
Along with the VA Vaccine Act, a similar act- “Save Lives Act,” was also introduced by the ministry to help Veterans’ family members and selected spouses redeem these COVID vaccination benefits. It would also help the family members of disabled Veterans to get access to vaccine shots.