Veterans

A Message from Congressman Schweikert

Arizona is home to so many men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms. During this global pandemic, we want you to be aware of the resources available to you from the Deparment of Veterans Affairs, and how our office can help you. I helped pass the CARES Act which provided $17.2 billion for the Veterans Health Administration to hire new staff and make sure existing personnel have the resources they need to combat COVID-19. The funding has also been used to add beds and purchase needed supplies such as ventilators, pharmaceuticals, and personal protective equipment. 

If you are a Veteran and need assistance during this difficult time, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office. (480) 946-2411. 

An update from the Phoenix VA:

On March 24, 2021, the President signed the Save Lives Act which expands VA's authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. SAVE LIVES Act allows VA to soon provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers. The law allows the VA to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more Veterans, some spouses, and caregivers of VeteransIt is still early in the planning phase, and we are waiting on guidance from national VA on how this will be implemented. The referenced press release states that VA will conduct COVID-19 vaccination pilots for the individuals named in HR1276 at select VA medical centers. 

At this time, the VA still has a limited amount of vaccines. 

  • In the meantime, Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries newly eligible under the law can go to www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccine to register and indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine from VA. Signing up will also give users regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process. 

  • Veterans can also sign up to get vaccinated through their employer, pharmacy or local public health office. We encourage Veterans and their families to take the first opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Veterans can visit the VA’s main page www.va.gov and click on link near the top of the page “vaccine information page”.

However, as you know, the Phoenix VA is vaccinating all enrolled Veterans at this time. 

Where and when the VA is vaccinating:

·   Main Campus – inside the hospital (650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix); Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8* p.m. (*walk-in hours will change Monday, March 29. For today and tomorrow, walk-in hours close at 3 p.m.) ; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon – walk-ins welcome Monday through Saturday.

·   Northwest Clinic - inside the clinic (13985 W. Grand Ave., Ste. 105, Surprise); Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no walk-in availability)

·   Southeast Clinic – drive-through (3285 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert); Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no walk-in availability)

·   Southwest Clinic – drive-through (9250 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix); Appointments available Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no walk-in availability)

Veterans can call 602-604-3915 to schedule a vaccination appointment, or walk in to the main campus only during the hours above.

 

Helpful Resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Coronavirus Updates from the VA

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is the VA doing to deal with COVID-19?  The VA has activated their emergency coordination cell (EMCC), and have started clinical screenings at the VA.

    • What should I do if I have an upcoming VA Health Appointments? For routine appointments, we recommend using telehealth (phone or video) for your scheduled appointment. You can also cancel and reschedule your appointment for a later date. 

      • To change your in-person meeting to telehealth, click here

    • What should I do if I need to refill or renew my prescription? If you currently get your prescription delivered by mail, you will continue to receive your refills as normal. If you usually pick up your prescription in person, use one of these other ways to get your medicine refilled or renewed. To make sure you have your medicine in time, requst your refill or renewal at least 10 days before you'll run out of your current prescription. 

    • For additional frequently asked questions - click here

  • COVID-19 Vaccines at VA

To stay informed on any COVID-19 vaccine resources, click here

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