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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Begins COVID-19 Vaccines at Lancaster VA Clinic

February 3, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Begins COVID-19 Vaccines at Lancaster VA Clinic

LOS ANGELES - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) announces COVID-19 vaccinations at its Lancaster community-based outpatient clinic February 3.

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to its more than 87,000 enrolled Veterans, VAGLAHS will offer vaccinations to Veterans assigned to the Lancaster VA Clinic in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved priority groups.

“Because Veterans in the Antelope Valley deserve ready access to COVID-19 vaccinations, we are committed to providing those vaccinations at the clinic where Veterans routinely come for care,” said Rob Merchant, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Services, VAGLAHS.

The current phase of vaccinations at the clinic will be offered to enrolled, health care eligible Veterans within groups that include; health care personnel, Veterans who are post-transplant (excluding cornea transplant), Veterans on the transplant list, Veterans receiving chemotherapy, Veterans receiving hemodialysis, Veterans with a spinal cord injury, Veterans on immunosuppression (prednisone greater than or equal to 20mg daily or a biologic agent), Veterans age 65 and older, Veterans living in congregate living (skilled nursing, assisted living, and homeless shelters), Veterans who are on chronic supplemental oxygen, and Veterans who are essential workers.

For this effort, frontline essential workers include; first responders (firefighters and police) educators (teachers, support staff, daycare), food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.

“In Vietnam, you knew where the enemy was. With COVID, you don’t know. It’s like we learned in the military – you don’t leave anybody behind and that’s how VA is taking care of us with this vaccination. This will make me feel better about being able to get out of the house,” said Billy Caster, Vietnam Veteran. “My mother is 93. I haven’t been able to hug her in almost a year. With the vaccine, I’ll be able to see her again.”

Primary and Secondary Caregivers of Veterans meeting the criteria above and formally enrolled and participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) are also eligible to receive a vaccination at VAGLAHS facilities.

Veterans who are ineligible for a vaccine at this time are, Veterans with an allergy to a component of the vaccine, Veterans with an active COVID infection (infection diagnosed in the last 20 days. Veteran may receive vaccine once 20 days have passed from the time of diagnosis), and Veterans who have received antibody therapy for COVID in the last 90 days.

Veterans assigned to the clinic will be contacted by clinic staff for COVID-19 screening and scheduling for vaccinations. Veterans must be eligible for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare and enrolled to receive the vaccine.

“We are excited to continue to expand our vaccination operations to our community-based clinics and the clinic here in Lancaster is a critical part of our healthcare system,” said Merchant. “The team here is trained and ready to provide vaccinations to our Veterans to help this community fight this deadly virus.”

Veterans assigned to the clinic will be offered the Pfizer Vaccine as part of the larger VAGLAHS vaccine program. Each VHA facility received one of the two vaccines that received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For more info, please visit www.losangelesva.gov.

For any media queries, please contact Donnell Evans, Public Affairs Specialist, VAGLAHS, at Donnell.Evans2@va.gov or call 310-478-3711 Ext 49153.


ABOUT VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 9 community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. There are approximately 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. For more information, call (310) 268-3340 or visit us at www.losangeles.va.gov. Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.

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