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

February 5, 2021


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

LOS ANGELES - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) announces COVID-19 vaccinations at its Oxnard community-based outpatient clinic February 5.

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 Oxnard VA Clinic in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved priority groups.

“Ventura County, like all of Southern California, has felt the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rob Merchant, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Services, VAGLAHS. “At VA, it’s our responsibility to ensure Veterans have equal access to vaccinations that is not limited by an ability to travel to Los Angeles.”

The 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.

“We felt this was historic, and we were honored to be able to come to VA for the vaccination. My wife and I both work in retail and are always worried that we may be exposed (to coronavirus) and put my Dad at risk,” said Dominic Leong, caregiver and son of 90-year-old U.S. Army Veteran, Rexford Kuupauikawekiu Leong. “When he’s fully vaccinated, we won’t have to worry about that anymore.”

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.

“We called Mr. Leong several times to remind him of his vaccination appointment, but were unable to reach him. I was finally able to reach his son, who brought him in right away. We really wanted him to get the vaccine,” said Jo Oliver, a medical support assistant at the Oxnard clinic. “I’m the daughter and mother of a Veteran. I came to work in healthcare because I’m committed to taking care of people, and especially committed to taking care of Veterans.”

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.

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).

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For any media queries, please contact Donnell Evans, Public Affairs Specialist, VAGLAHS, at 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 Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.