April 6, 2021


 VA New England Healthcare System expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, caregivers and spouses under SAVE LIVES Act


Bedford, Mass. – VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1) announced today it is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, their caregivers and spouses, and some other beneficiaries under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden March 24, 2021.


The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to prioritize Veterans enrolled in VA care.


“Since the start of the pandemic, VISN 1 medical centers have been focused on vaccinating as many Veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act, “ said Ryan Lilly, director of VA New England Healthcare System. “We have the vaccine doses and the capacity to ensure those newly eligible will be able to be vaccinated soon.”


Those eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act to receive a vaccine can go to to register and stay informed on VA’s vaccine rollout process. Your local VA Medical Center will contact Veterans when additional vaccine is available. The VA is vaccinating all individuals in the categories listed above regardless of age or any other factor.


To maintain continued health and safety during the pandemic, please do not visit a VA facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.


For more information on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts, read the national news release and the VAntage Point Blog.




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