Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Brad Horrigan/The Hartford Courant/TNS)

The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is offering COVID-19 vaccines for all veterans, their spouses and caregivers.

President Joe Biden recently signed the SAVE LIVES Act into law, expanding VA’s legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, regardless of their VA health care enrollment status, veteran spouses, caregivers, and some beneficiaries.

Veterans of all ages as well as their spouses or caregivers can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine at VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. The system is offering the Moderna and J&J vaccine.

Clinics for COVID -19 vaccines are conducted at Bath, Canandaigua, and Calkins Road VA, Elmira, and Wellsville Clinics. Veterans can contact their local VA to schedule a vaccine appointment.

For Calkins Road VA/Canandaigua VA, call (585) 393-7401 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to register and schedule an appointment.

For Bath VA, call (607) 664-4626 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to register and schedule an appointment.

VA’s prioritized expansion efforts include offering the vaccine to all enrolled veterans – about 9.5 million – followed by those outlined in the bill, as vaccine supply permits:

n Non-enrolled veterans as defined in the new legislation, including those without service-connected disabilities and who have incomes above VA’s threshold.

n Veteran caregivers who are enrolled in either the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers or the Program of General Caregiver Support Services.

n Veteran caregivers enrolled in certain geriatrics and extended care programs, such as Veteran Directed Care, Bowel and Bladder, Home Based Primary Care and VA’s Medical Foster Home Program.

n Civilian Health and Medical Programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs recipients.

n Veteran spouses.

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