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GCVHCS Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
By Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs
Friday, April 2, 2021BILOXI, Miss. – With the passage of a United States Congress law on March 24, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to more Veterans and spouses and caregivers.
The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act now allows the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) to offer COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care, along with spouses and caregivers and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) beneficiaries.
"All those who have worn the uniform of our great nation's Armed Forces deserve the opportunity to receive a vaccination for one of the most serious health risks this country has ever faced," said Bryan C. Matthews, the GCVHCS director. "This new development in our battle with COVID-19 will allow us to continue providing this much-needed protection to our nation's heroes and their loved ones."
The GCVHCS has provided COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 20,000 Gulf Coast-area Veterans and eligible beneficiaries since December 2020, through appointments at the organization's Biloxi, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; and Pensacola and Panama City Beach, and Eglin, Florida, locations. These, along with walk-in clinics and highly successful mass vaccination clinics at select locations, have ensured Veterans have been able to receive no-cost vaccinations.
Veterans can call 1-800-296-8872 (option 2 then option 1) to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment or self-schedule this type of appointment using the GCVHCS' self-scheduling tool at https://bit.ly/37XZe0u. The self-scheduling tool can only be used to schedule a first dose appointment since a second dose appointment is scheduled upon checking in. Only Veterans with a DS Logon, MHV, or ID.me account can self-schedule.
Matthews also encouraged interested individuals to continue monitoring the GCVHCS' official website and social media pages for updates on COVID-19 vaccination developments.
The Biloxi VA Medical Center and the Mobile, Pensacola, Eglin, and Panama City VA Clinics are all part of the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System (GCVHCS) which is headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, and provide a variety of medical outpatient services to more than 77,000 Veterans.