Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.
Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA healthcare professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete.
At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.
Help is available for Veterans in crisis by calling the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and pressing 1, at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or by texting 838255.
Many VA facilities and clinics are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to these 2 groups:
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA facilities, click here: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
The CDC believes COVID-19 symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Avoid exposure and avoid exposing others to an infection with these simple steps.
- Learn to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team, before any urgent problems arise.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Getting a flu shot is recommended.
The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, has many provisions that will impact Veterans and expand access to care. For more information on how Veterans will be impacted by the CARES Act, click here.
More COVID-19 information for Veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be found here: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/
Economic Impact Payments
Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling) - https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
VA Vaccine Information - https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
** As we receive further information, we will continue to update this page.
Updated April 19, 2021
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