Saves Lives Act, All Veterans, Caregivers and Spouses - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System


Saves Lives Act, All Veterans, Caregivers and Spouses

April 5, 2021


April 08, 2021

 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, caregivers, and spouses under SAVE LIVES Act

San Juan , Puerto Rico — VACHS announced today it is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, and 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, VACHS has been focused on vaccinating as many Veterans as possible, and we are excited to multiply our efforts to thanks to the SAVE LIVES Act,” said Carlos R. Escobar, director of the VACHS.

Currently we are vaccinating from Monday to Friday in Ponce, Mayaguez and San Juan Hospital. The vaccines are available with and without appointment in Ponce, Mayaguez, and San Juan. Guayama Clinic provides vaccines on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Arecibo clinic provides vaccines on Wednesdays. Mayaguez clinics provides vaccines on Thursdays. Guayama, Arecibo and Ceiba vaccination clinic continues to be by appointment only. A mass vaccination effort in the town of Arecibo will be held on April 21, 2021 in the Petaca Iguina Coliseum near the Arecibo CBOC.

We are currently accepting Veterans from all ages for vaccination. We are also vaccinating those eligible under the Saves Lives Act which include Veterans, spouses including widows, and caretakers.

Those eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act to receive a vaccine can schedule an appointment by calling 787-641-4591, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, to register and stay informed on VA’s vaccine rollout process. VACHS will contact Veterans when additional vaccine is available.

For more information on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts, read the national news release and the VAntage Point Blog