COVID-19 Vaccine for Approved Caregivers - Durham VA Health Care System
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COVID-19 Vaccine for Approved Caregivers

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COVID-19 Vaccine for Approved Caregivers

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Caregivers,  

Thank you for choosing the Durham VA Health Care System. We hope you are staying safe by wearing a mask and following CDC guidelines. There have been many questions regarding the availability of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Caregivers. The Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) recognizes the critical role you play in ensuring our Veterans are healthy and remain in a safe and comfortable environment.  

Because of your critical role, we are excited to announce that we have received approval to vaccinate Primary or Secondary Family Caregivers who are enrolled in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).  

For a Caregiver to be eligible for a vaccine, both of the following statements must be true:

  • The Caregiver must be an approved caregiver enrolled in our Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) (For information about this program please visit www.caregiver.va.gov)
  • The Veteran they care for must be currently eligible for a vaccine based on VA and CDC risk criteria.

Approved PCAFC Caregivers who are interested in receiving the vaccine will be scheduled when their Veteran is scheduled to receive the vaccine. Veterans must be enrolled in the Durham VA Health Care System to be vaccinated. Please go here to apply or mail applications to Durham VA Health Care System Attn: Eligibility 508 Fulton St. Durham, NC 27705 or call 1-877-222-8387. 

Distribution is determined by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Currently, the DVAHCS is in Phase 1C of COVID-19 Vaccinations. To review the criteria for Phase 1C go and to receive information on how to schedule the COVID-19 Vaccine, please go here.

It is highly recommended that approved Caregivers, and their Veteran, call for scheduling together. The best time for approved Caregivers, and the Veterans they care for, to call for scheduling of the COVID-19 vaccine is between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 7 a.m., any day of the week. 

Like VA, the state is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. We suggest using the location that is most convenient for you and allows you to be vaccinated on the earliest date possible. To receive VA updates about the COVID-19 vaccine please go to www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine.

Be sure to continue to mask up and to follow CDC guidelines, even after receiving your vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccinations are another layer of protection for our Veterans. By following CDC guidelines you are reducing the chances of receiving or spreading COVID-19.

As always, we look forward to serving you and again, thank you for choosing the Durham VA Health Care System. 

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