Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine. We have a limited amount of this vaccine to start.
We've worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a phased plan that will help us do the most good for the most people during this time. Under this phased plan, we'll first offer vaccines to Veterans in our long-term care facilities and frontline VA health care workers. Vaccinating our health care workers first helps us continue providing care for Veterans.
After 2 groups, we'll begin to offer vaccines to more Veterans who are at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Your VA health care team will contact you if you're eligible to get a vaccine during this time.
We will follow CDC guidelines for determining who is considered to be at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Factors that may influence the risk of severe disease include the following:
- Age. The risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 increases with age.
- Existing health problems. People with certain health problems (like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity) have a higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
- Other factors that raise a person's risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, such as living in a nursing home or other group living facility.
More questions answered at: www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccine/