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VA expanding its COVID-19 vaccinations

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center announced it is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, and their caregivers and spouses under the authority granted by the Save Lives Act, signed by President Joe Biden March 24. The expanded eligibility includes never activated National Guard and Reserve, CHAMPVA beneficiaries, and all categories of Veterans regardless of Character of Discharge.

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, we have been focused on vaccinating as many Veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act,” said Jim Rice, director of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. “We are regularly scheduling COVID-19 vaccination clinics here in Iron Mountain and at our seven community-based outpatient clinics in the UP and northern Wisconsin.”

VA outpatient clinics are located in Hancock, Ironwood, Manistique, Marquette, Menominee and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Those newly 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. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will contact those eligible when additional vaccine is available.

For those that do not have access to a computer, call (906) 774-3300, extension 33115, to let the VA know that you are interested in the vaccine.

To maintain continued health and safety during the pandemic, please do not visit a VA facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.

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