VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.
On November 9, VA shared its COVID-19 Response Report detailing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic from early January 2020 through June 30, 2020.This new report is a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system as the nation fights COVID-19.
On March 27, VA shared its COVID-19 response plan. We updated the plan in August and added five additional appendices. This best-practice guide is a valuable tool, which may be useful nationwide for the medical community.
VA is taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
These measures include outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.
Veterans with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to contact VA before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility. Alternatively, Veterans can sign into My HealtheVet to send secure messages to their VA providers or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.
Read responses to Veterans' frequently asked questions about accessing their VA benefits.
Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA health care professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete.
At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.
VA is working in close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccinations initially to front-line VA health care workers and Veterans residing in long-term care units in VA medical centers across the country. As vaccine supplies increase, VA's ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.
Part of the department’s “Fourth Mission” is to support non-VA health care systems in the event those systems encounter capacity issues. VA is currently supporting non-VA health care systems’ COVID-19 response efforts in the following ways:
VA COVID-19 Support of States