SAN JUAN – The Veteran’s Ombudsman, Agustín Montañez Allman, reported this Wednesday that he received notification from the Veterans Hospital that phase 1-B of the vaccination against Covid-19 will begin, for veterans aged 75 years or more and with other serious health conditions, who are enrolled to receive service in that hospital facility.
Montañez Allman said that at the Juana Díaz Veteran’s House, an assisted living facility attached to the Veteran’s Attorney’s Office, the population that resides there has already been vaccinated.
The Veteran’s Ombudsman warned that, in this phase 1-B of vaccination under the jurisdiction of the federal government, it will be the hospital officials themselves who will call the veterans who already receive their hospital or ambulatory health services, to the telephone number they keep registered , to assign day and time for the procedure.
The former prosecutor also said that veterans who come to receive services at the Veterans Hospital do not have to do any management or appear there.
Just wait to receive by phone call the appointment for your vaccination.
In addition to starting with patients 75 years of age or older, it will include those receiving hemodialysis, transplant, or on-call for transplants, those receiving chemotherapy (regardless of age), and homeless veterans. More information in this link: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine
Instead, he said that the rest of the veteran community that does not receive medical services at that facility will receive the vaccine through the protocols established by the Puerto Rico Department of Health.
That is, the Attorney General added, all veterans aged 65 or over will be seen for appointment by the 91 providers who meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to administer the vaccine to older adults.
“I want to be very precise and very emphatic. Nobody has to run anywhere. The Hospital will assign the day and time of their vaccination to veterans who are already receiving their services. The rest of the veterans who do not go to that Hospital, will follow the protocol established for the general public by Health, calling to coordinate their vaccination appointments with the selected providers ”, Montañez Allman pointed out.
He recalled that the Department of Health published a list of health providers with the telephone numbers to which the elderly or relatives could contact to receive information and make an appointment and separate.
The intention of Health, it was explained, is for citizens to know which are the centers where they can go to be vaccinated, to communicate to separate a shift and avoid lines of older adults.
He stressed that older adults will not be vaccinated in the National Guard’s regional vaccination centers, separate facilities so far for the remainder of health professionals in phase 1-A and front-line workers in phase 1 -B.
Salud called on older adults not to go to these centers.