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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System to vaccinate all veterans, their spouses and caregivers against COVID-19

A pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board holds a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle. The SIHB began vaccinating front line staff from Seattle Public Schools Monday, including substitute teachers, custodians, nutrition services staff, special education teachers, and instructional aides, after determining they had enough doses of the vaccine to share with school workers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board holds a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle. The SIHB began vaccinating front line staff from Seattle Public Schools Monday, including substitute teachers, custodians, nutrition services staff, special education teachers, and instructional aides, after determining they had enough doses of the vaccine to share with school workers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ANN ARBOR – The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is expanding its vaccination efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, their spouses and caregivers.

The health system is able to offer more vaccines under the SAVE LIVES act, which President Joe Biden signed into law on March 24.

All veterans, spouses and caregivers of veterans and some beneficiaries can receive a COVID-19 vaccine “regardless of their VA health care enrollment status or character of discharge,” according to a VAAAHS announcement on Friday.

However, the health system said it will continue to prioritize vaccinations for those already enrolled in VA care in accordance with the new law.

If you fall into one of these categories and would like to receive your vaccine via VAAAHS at the LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor or at an outpatient clinic in Flint, Jackson, or Toledo, Ohio, sign up here.

The VA reminds the public that they can get vaccinated through employers, retail pharmacies and local public health departments.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.