FROM VA BOSTON HEALTHCARE
On Monday, December 21, 2020, we received our first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and began offering it to VA Staff and Veterans of our Community Living Center and Spinal Cord Injury units. We have continued to offer the vaccine to inpatients and staff who are at the highest risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus, or of becoming severely ill from COVID- 19. We plan to offer the vaccine to all Veterans who receive care at VA Boston and are following national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VA on the criteria and order of vaccine delivery. Patients who are health care workers, or first responders, should proceed with vaccination as soon as it is offered by their employer, but also are eligible to receive it as a patient in our healthcare system based on the schedule and criteria below.
By mid-January we will offer the vaccine to outpatients, beginning with our Brockton Campus on January 5th followed by our Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Campuses the week of January 11th. The first outpatients to receive the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine will be patients with high-risk medical conditions such as undergoing dialysis, chemotherapy, transplant treatment as well as homeless veterans and those in congregate living situations. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.
In the coming weeks and months thereafter, we will receive more shipments of the vaccine and give it to outpatient Veterans based on the criteria established by the CDC. We will move as aggressively as possible to vaccinate VA Boston Veterans in line with the CDC’s phased plan for providing vaccines. Our projected timetable depending on vaccine availability is:
(Veterans enrolled at VA Boston)
(Dates may change depending on vaccine availability)
Residents of VA Boston’s Community Living Center or Spinal Cord Injury Unit
Completed December 2020
High-risk Veterans who have dialysis, chemotherapy, transplant or live in congregate living situations or are homeless
Veterans age 85+
Veterans age 75+
Veterans age 65+
Veterans age 50+
Veterans aged 50 and younger
VA Boston will call each Veteran in order of priority to offer a vaccine appointment. Once the vaccine has been offered to all Veterans in an age group, we will move on to call the next group. Appointments are required and there will not be walk-in hours.
Our staff can’t provide vaccines to anyone who isn’t eligible for VA care at this time. If you would like to enrol in VA healthcare, please call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
For more information visit: https://www.va.gov/
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square
Vietnam Veteran Video
There is a also a video online that provides details about the lives of the eleven local men killed during the Vietnam War and the circumstances of their deaths. View the video (MOV).
Many thanks to Montserrat College of Art for volunteering Assistant Professor Chelsea Sams and student Sarah Eldridge for this video project.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tinVVyxFrK0 To watch the making of the Plaza
Veterans Affairs (VA) Links
- Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
- Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services - Annuity
- Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services - Bonuses
- Massachusetts Vets Advisor
Federal VA Access
VA Form Search
VA Rules & Regulations
VA Hospital Enrollment
DD-214 & Records Request
- eVetRecs - Online Service Records Request
- Mass residents records may be on file with your local VSO.
Local Veteran Groups
- Beverly Vietnam Veterans
- Herman A. Spear Post 331, American Legion
- North Shore Veterans Coalition
- Vittori Rocci Post Number 56
Active to Civilian Transition Employment Support
- Al Yee