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That seems to be the be the protocol right now.

Call local VA hospital, get placed on a list, and receive a call when your demographic group is eligible for a vaccine.

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VA Press Release Feb. 11, 2021

"VA receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer to Veterans, employees

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services. 

This distribution is in addition to VA’s normally scheduled delivery of approximately 125,000 doses of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each week. 

“In accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s phased allocation considerations, VA has worked diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to Veterans who receive care at VA,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health, Richard Stone, M.D. “The additional doses will help us to continue reaching our Veterans at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 during this period of limited supply.” 

VA facilities already receiving the Moderna vaccine, as well as several new sites, will get additional doses this week from the supplemental allocation. VA is currently providing vaccines at more than 215 sites nationally and is reaching out to Veterans who are currently eligible for vaccination. 

As of Feb. 10, VA has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine collectively to 1,047,187 Veterans, employees and federal partners. VA’s goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans who are enrolled and eligible to receive VA health care. Veterans who are not enrolled can learn about eligibility, and those who qualify, may apply for enrollment

Learn more about VA COVID-19 vaccines or contact your care team. "

VA receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer to Veterans, employees

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Excellent news.

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I sent a message to one of the patient advocates at my local Indianapolis VAMC and this is the message I got on Feb. 8:

Good Afternoon, 
This was the answer I received from the head of our COVID vaccine operation: 

"Only Veterans in the following cohorts are able to schedule to get their vaccine at this time: 
• 65 yrs old or greater 
• Dialysis patients 
• Transplant patients 
• Those patients receiving chemo 
• Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients 
• Homeless patients 

Once a Veteran is eligible (regardless of whether they have Primary Care or not), they will receive an automated phone call letting them know they are eligible and will tell them what number to call to schedule. If they miss that call, they will also receive a postcard to let them know." 

It seems they have changed the definition of what an underlying health condition is. Fortunately, I am not in any of the above categories. So I have no idea when I will be able to get vaccinated. Indiana is about to move to age 60 and older and still NO underlying health conditions allowed. They are saying the underlying health conditions won't be allowed until after they are done with the 50 and up group. I'm about to turn 46 next month buy I'm immunocompromised because I take high doses of steroids for Addison's disease. I'm also obese so I have 2 strikes against me. Obesity seems to go hand in hand with with pan-hypopituitarism.  

I also texted with an old coworker who still works at VBA. They are allowing them to get the vaccine. They are all working from home and don't step foot into a hospital. Just thought it was weird that he'd be able to get it before me. 

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