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Date: April 9, 2021

VA New Jersey Health Care System expanding COVID-19 vaccinations under the SAVE LIVES Act

Veterans, caregivers, spouses and CHAMPVA

[EAST ORANGE, LYONS, NJ] — VA New Jersey Health Care System announced today it is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, age 18 years and older; and 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, VANJHCS has been focused on vaccinating as many Veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act,” said Vincent Immiti, director of the VANJHCS.

Those eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act to receive a vaccine can go to www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccine to register and stay informed on VA’s vaccine rollout process. VANJHCS Vaccination Team will contact Veterans when additional vaccine is available.

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, please visit https://www.newjersey.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

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March 10, 2021

VA New Jersey Health Care System Establishes Mobile Isolation Unit for Mass Vaccinations

Lyons – VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) announces the establishment of a Mobile Isolation Unit (MIU) COVID-19 Vaccination Shelter on its Lyons Campus to provide additional mass vaccinations to Veterans who are currently enrolled in VA healthcare.

Set to open for use on Saturday, March 13, 2021, the MIU is a full functioning vaccination clinic site, fully equipped with administrative support, socially distanced waiting room, 15 individual vaccination cubicles and an observation room, post vaccine. The structure, a rapid deployable soft-sided unit with negative air pressure capability is complete with its own power generation, water handling, water containment, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and provides each Veteran patient his or her own private room.

“The purpose of the MIU is to ensure we have the capacity to provide all eligible Veterans with the COVID-19 vaccine, as supply is delivered, and we now have the additional space to offer the vaccine for our Veterans 50-65 years old, who have a higher level of medical acuity,” said Dr. Pamela LeDeaux, Chief of Staff.

The current Lyons vaccine site in Building 143 will be moved to the MIU tent on Saturday, March 13, 2021. In addition to the MIU at Lyons, VANJHCS is also vaccinating on the weekends at East Orange, Brick, Hackensack, Hamilton and Piscataway Community Based Outpatient Clinics by appointment only.

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March 5, 2021

VA New Jersey Health Care System begins Janssen COVID-19 Vaccinations

East Orange —The VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) will begin COVID-19 vaccination with the Janssen vaccine March 6, 2021 following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

In clinical trials, the Janssen vaccine showed an efficacy of 66% against moderate to severe/critical COVID-19 disease occurring at least 28 days after vaccination — and demonstrated greater than 85% efficacy in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 disease occurring at least 28 days after vaccination.

“VANJHCS is eager to be able to offer a second highly effective vaccine to more Veterans,” said Christine Betros Farrell, Public Affairs Officer. “This one-dose vaccine will help us reach our ultimate goal of offering COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

As of March 5, VANJHCS provided Moderna COVID-19 vaccine first doses to more than 9100 Veterans, and employees— and both doses to more than 3600 of these individuals.

Veterans who are enrolled and receiving health care in VA are eligible to get the vaccine when their facility has vaccine supply and reaches their risk category. Veterans are required to enroll with VA in order to receive health care. However, to receive care in VA, enrollees must meet certain eligibility requirements under current law, which may include income limits.

Veterans can get the latest information and sign up to receive updates on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

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