Spokane VA expands vaccine eligibility to caregivers, family members of veterans

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The Biden administration has been announcing executive orders and new initiatives left and right, putting more scientists in charge of pandemic response and pushing to get vaccines to as many Americans as possible. The CDC has continued to issue new guidelines as they’ve developed more safety measures to prevent transmission of the virus, like suggesting doubling up on masks and guidelines on how to keep school kids safe during in-person classes.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all veterans, caregivers and in some cases, children and spouses of veterans.

The eligibility expansion comes as a result of the SAVES LIVES Act, which now authorizies the following groups:

  • Veterans who are not eligible for enrollment in VA’s health care systems, including veterans without compensable, service-connected disabilities and veterans who have incomes above a certain threshold
  • Specified veterans who are eligible for hospital care, medical servies and nursing home care abroad
  • Caregivers of veterans participating in the VA’s Program of General Caregiver Support Services
  • Caregivers of veterans participating in the VA’s Medical Foster Home Program, Bowel and Bladder Program, Home Based Primary Care Program or Veteran Directed Care Program.
  • Spouses and children of veterans
  • Veterans living abroad who rely on the Foreign Medical Program
  • The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs recipients (spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled veterans, or of veterans who have died from service-connected disabilities)

Those interested in booking an appointment can call 509-434-7957 or book online at www.spokane.va.gov. The site lists dates and times for vaccine reservations, as well as links and directions to reserve an appointment.

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