Cheyenne VA Medical Center
SAVE LIVES Act
Please note: We're following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to pause in providing the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine at this time. This pause is due to a concern about possible rare side effects. Your safety is our top priority. We are currently calling all Veterans who received the J&J Vaccine to reconfirm they have had no symptoms.
Background: On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, President Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the “Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse Act or the SAVE LIVES Act,” which expands VA’s authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
General SAVE LIVES Qualifications
- The expanded authority under the SAVES LIVES Act depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires VA to continue to prioritize for Veterans enrolled in VA care.
- These groups are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities are able to offer more vaccines:
- Spouses of a Veteran
- Caregivers of a Veteran
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
- Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible to be vaccinated through VA.
- For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a spouse to include marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine.
- For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
When and How to Get a Vaccine
- At this time, we still have a limited amount of vaccines. We’re working to determine how quickly we can begin to offer vaccines to these other groups. This may vary by facility. Some facilities may be able to offer vaccines to these groups now, while others may not.
- For your continued health and safety during the pandemic, please do not visit the VA facilities for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
- Currently, the Cheyenne VA can only provide the vaccine at the Medical Center in Cheyenne. Once eligible individuals (based on the above criteria) are registered, our schedulers will call to schedule their appointments.
- Your employer, pharmacy, health care provider’s office, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.