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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Public Health

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New coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Many VA facilities and clinics offer COVID-19 vaccines for:

  • All veterans
  • Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers can help a veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They can also help a veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
  • Recipients of Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Civil Health Program (CHAMPVA) benefits

Get the latest updates and register for a COVID-19 vaccine

To visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Page for the latest information.

What does VA do?

VA has mounted an aggressive public health response to protect and care for veterans, their families, health care providers and staff. Care safety is our mission.

Much of our work during the pandemic is outlined in our COVID-19 Response Plan. Tranche 1 of the plan covers the period from January 2020 to June 2020. Tranche 2 of the plan covers the period from July 2020 to January 2021. Additional information is available on the COVID-19 Response Reports page.

Part of the department”Fourth missionis to support non-VA healthcare systems in the event that those systems experience capacity issues. VA is currently supporting COVID-19 response efforts in non-VA healthcare systems.

COVID-19 Data Home Status

According to Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, MD Enhanced Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act of 2020, Public Law 116-315, State Homes will report COVID-19 information weekly to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State Houses (SH) are owned and operated by individual states and all data is self-reported by SH. VA is required to publicly post the total number of HS COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff. Skilled Nursing Facilities and Domiciliary (SH) provide data to CDC which is a requirement for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accredited programs since May 2020. VHA works with SH to help them report to CDC if they weren’t before. This data set will change as HOs report new data or make corrections on the NHSN to previously reported data. This report reflects CDC data totals for reporting facilities from May 2020 through March 27, 2022. For consistency with CMS reports, reported totals do not include cases or deaths prior to 05/25/2020. This post was last updated on April 7, 2022, and more updates will be released weekly.

VA provides a downloadable spreadsheet with reports for individual SHs. This spreadsheet will be updated weekly. VA also displays a graph showing time trends in cases and deaths among residents and staff.

As expected, there is data variability in the NHSN over time as HOs have newly entered and reported data, and as HOs have changed previously reported data.

SH COVID Information File – MS Excel format

HS COVID cases

State House COVID Cases


Home State of COVID Deaths

Additional information on COVID-19 care homes can be found on the CMS website at: for CMS certified HOs.

What should veterans do?

Veterans with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should contact their local VA facility immediately. VA urges veterans to contact VA before visiting – you can find contact information for your nearest VA facility. Alternatively, veterans can log on to My HealtheVet to send secure messages to their VA providers or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.

Read responses to veterans Frequently Asked Questions about accessing their VA benefits.

Upon arrival at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms prior to entry to protect other patients and staff. A VA healthcare professional will help you with the next steps after this screening process is complete.

At this time, VA urges all visitors who are feeling unwell to postpone their visits to VA facilities.

How can you protect yourself

Get vaccinated against Covid-19.

  • Learn how to use VA Video Connect via the VA Mobile App Store or by contacting your VA care team, before urgent issues arise.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick or get 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.
  • Get the flu shot to prevent illness.

For more information

In accordance with Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-20-21, all financial information that agencies are required to report regarding their provision of the CARES Act and other supplemental COVID-19 funds is publicly available. on*, specific information regarding COVID-19 spending can be found on the COVID-19 spending profile page*.

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