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501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2021

CAVHS opens COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all age groups

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has updated our protocols to allow all eligible Veterans enrolled in VA to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Veterans must already receive care at VA or be eligible to receive care at VA in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are also encouraging enrolled Veterans of any age in the following categories to come in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Eligible Veterans can call either 501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

The CAVHS vaccine clinic at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock is open Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; walk-ins are accepted until 2:30 p.m. The vaccine clinic at Eugene J. Towbin VA Medical Center in North Little Rock is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; walk-ins are accepted until 2:30 p.m.

Our mobile vaccination teams cover our eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), Home Based Primary Care patients, and the Day Treatment Center in downtown Little Rock. The vaccination team will call Veterans to schedule an appointment.

  • Hot Springs CBOC – Mondays
  • Russellville and Searcy CBOCs – Tuesdays
  • El Dorado and Pine Bluff CBOCs – Wednesdays
  • Conway and Mena CBOCs – Thursdays
  • Mountain Home CBOC and Day Treatment Center -- Fridays

Eligible Veterans can call either 501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.


STATE VACCINATION APPOINTMENT NUMBER 

A human being will help you make your COVID 19 appointment

1 800 985 6030  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call this number to schedule your vaccination.  

Phone bank is for those people who struggle with the online appointment schedulers as of Governors update at 10:40 a.m. March 8 2021


Central Arkansas Veterans Health Services Press Release 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 8, 2021


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has updated our COVID-19 vaccination priority group to reflect a significant increase in vaccine supplies within our network.

Veterans must already receive care at VA or be eligible to receive care at VA in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As of March 8, 2021, the current Veteran patient groups eligible for the vaccine are:

Eligible Veterans can call either 501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

The CAVHS vaccine clinic at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock is open Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; walk-ins are accepted until 2:30 p.m. The vaccine clinic at Eugene J. Towbin VA Medical Center in North Little Rock is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; walk-ins are accepted until 2:30 p.m.

Our mobile vaccination teams cover our eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), Home Based Primary Care patients, and the Day Treatment Center in downtown Little Rock. The vaccination team will call Veterans to schedule an appointment.

  • Hot Springs CBOC – Mondays
  • Russellville and Searcy CBOCs – Tuesdays
  • El Dorado and Pine Bluff CBOCs – Wednesdays
  • Conway and Mena CBOCs – Thursdays
  • Mountain Home CBOC and Day Treatment Center -- Fridays


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Central Arkansas Veterans Health Services Press Release 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2021


Hot Springs Veteran vaccination clinic open Saturday


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s Hot Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is holding a Veteran COVID-19 vaccination event  Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Veterans must already receive care at VA or be eligible to receive care at VA in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The current Veteran patient groups eligible for the vaccine are:

Eligible Veterans can call either 501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. The clinic is located at 177 Sawtooth Oak Street in Hot Springs.

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UPDATED PRIORITY GROUP VACCINATIONS

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has updated our COVID-19 vaccination priority group in alignment with the Veterans Administration system wide protocol.

Veterans must already receive care at VA or be eligible to receive care at VA in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As of February 24, 2021, the current Veteran patient groups eligible for the vaccine are:

Eligible Veterans can call either 501-257-1978 or 888-357-1978 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

The CAVHS vaccine clinics in Little Rock and North Little Rock are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Veterans in the priority group. Weekend clinics are open Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CAVHS vaccination clinic teams are calling eligible Veterans; however, priority group walk-ins are accepted until 2:30 p.m. as vaccine supplies allow.

The CAVHS mobile vaccination team continues to travel to all eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations to priority group Veterans. The CBOC will call Veterans to set up appointments.

Another option for Veterans 65 and older, and their family members, is the Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID- 19 Vaccination Program. Those interested in the state program can check with their local Pharmacy for more information.  Pharmacy map 



Pharmcy locations for State of Arkansas current phase eligible persons

VA Vaccine information

Enrolled Veterans 65 and over, those on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy, have spinal cord injuries, have had a transplant, and/or are homeless, per CDC 1b guidelines. The hospital’s vaccination team will contact Veterans to schedule their shot.

When can you get vaccinated?  Use the stay informed tool to help the VA schedule you

You don’t need to sign up to get a vaccine. And you can change your mind about getting a vaccine at any time. The Veterans Affairs will use the information you provide to understand your interest and keep you informed.

Learn who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first based on CDC guidelines


Governor rolls out Vaccine plan  -- click link to go to plan


Central Arkansas Veterans Health Services updates


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        January 22, 2021


Veterans Medical Center Continues COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System COVID-19 vaccination program continues for enrolled Veterans 75 and over, those on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy, have spinal cord injuries, have had a transplant, and/or are homeless, per CDC 1b guidelines. The hospital’s vaccination team will contact Veterans to schedule their shot.

Veteran’s interested in enrolling in VA healthcare can call 1-877-222-8387 and select option one (1).

Another option for Veterans 70 and older, and their family members, is the Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID- 19 Vaccination Program. Those interested in the state program can check with their local Pharmacy for more information.  Pharmacy map 


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CAVHS following CDC & VA vaccination prioritization protocols UPDATED

Front-line staff and vulnerable populations are first

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has received a small third shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We are still in the initial round of vaccinating our front-line workers and our long-term Community Living Center residents.

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is following all Veterans Health Administration and CDC guidelines for priority protocols.

We are receiving limited numbers of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and currently vaccinating Veterans 75 and over, those on dialysis, undergoing chemotherapy, have had a transplant and/or are homeless. We are continuing to provide vaccinations to our staff and vulnerable populations.

Enrolled Veterans who meet the priority protocol will receive a call from our Vaccination Team to schedule their vaccination appointment. This includes those Veterans not assigned to a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and inactive enrolled Veterans. At each 1st vaccination, the Veteran will receive a vaccination card with their follow up injection date and time.

As of January 22, 2021, we have vaccinated more than 2,000 employees with their first dose, and more than 2,700 Veterans with their first dose. Second doses have begun for both groups.

The Arkansas Department of Health has announced opening up of vaccines for group 1-b: Arkansans aged 70 and over through their local pharmacy. The ADH web site has a link to a list of local pharmacies providing the vaccine.

Given the pace of shipments of the vaccine, we encourage Veterans to either wait for a call from our Vaccination Team or register with their local pharmacy. The vaccine is administered free of charge.

Veterans not enrolled with the VA may enroll online, by mail or over the phone. Normally, we would encourage a Veteran to come to one of our eligibility centers in either Little Rock or North Little Rock. However, we remain in Emergency Operations status with a visitation by exception policy in place. HERE is a link to the VA's "How to Apply For VA Health Care" site.

A Veteran may call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET to get help with applying for the health care benefit.


Residents in Fayetteville and North Little Rock State Veterans Homes recieve first round of vaccinations

first round at Fayetteville

Residents of the Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville were vaccinated in their rooms.  Residents were asked to volunteer to be vaccinated in front of the media to be photographed through a window. This Vietnam Marine veteran obliged at the first round of vaccinations January 5.


VA expands access to telehealth services during COVID-19 pandemic for older, rural and homeless Veterans
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 Veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their health care needs.
As part of the program, VA providers refer Veterans to a VA social worker, who determines eligibility for various programs to assist with getting the internet service or technology needed for VA telehealth — ensuring older Veterans, those living in rural areas and Veterans who are homeless or in temporary housing have the opportunity to participate.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Veterans with lower incomes, more severe disabilities and more chronic conditions are more likely to use virtual care during the pandemic; but Veterans older than 45 and Veterans who are homeless or who live in rural areas are less likely to use video care. The Digital Divide Consult provides a solution for these Veterans to access video care when needed.
“The pandemic has tested VA’s workforce like never before, and innovations like the Digital Divide Consult highlight the ingenuity and resilience that have been hallmarks of the department’s successful response to this national emergency,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “As our virtual care infrastructure continually improves, so does the quality and accessibility of Veterans’ care.”
VA’s Digital Divide Consult and other initiatives are prime reasons the use of telehealth services by Veterans continues to rise. In mid-November, a total of 196,116 telehealth video visits to Veterans in their homes or other off-site locations were completed over a seven-day period, representing a 1,653% increase in weekly VA Video Connect visits since the end of February. The number of video appointments held per day peaked at more than 41,000.
To further enable Veterans to participate in telehealth, VA facilities are establishing test-call services to support Veterans ahead of their first video visit. Additionally, VA is partnering with Microsoft’s Airband initiative to educate Veterans on essential digital skills. VA intends to update the Digital Divide Consult as opportunities for future broadband and device discounts become available.
Learn more about VA telehealth.


VA to resume co-pay collections January

Media Briefing March 25 2020

Photo by Randall Lee Photographer for the Governor.
Eddie Schmeckenbecher, ASL translator from the Arkansas School for the Deaf, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Secretary Nate Todd, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary Nate Smith, Arkansas Department of Health at a recent press conference. Find more photos here: COVID Media Briefing GCR 03-25-20

LINKS ARE BLUE

For veterans, Reserve and National Guard, active duty, retirees, and their family members

Food pantries Map

This is a map featuring school meals, food pantries, community meals, and local food in Arkansas.

Homeless Veterans

FAQ CARES ACT

    This is a link to the money that was approved for US citizens impacted by COVID 19.

Impact payments for veterans

    

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs is still working with veterans.  Use the link to find your ADVAcate  Find ADVAcate Ashley County

The example shows Ashley County.  Change county or zipcode in the blue bar to find yours.

File a claim online tutorial

This link can help Veterans file claims online

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries adjust service for COVID 19


BX/PX Facebook and hours of operation


SBA Small Business forgiveness


CDC self screen

    Self-screen bot will walk you through your symptoms to help you decide whether or not to seek medical help.

UAMS free, 24-hour self screen

Self-screen bot will walk you through your symptoms to help you decide whether or not to seek medical help.

Arkansas Department of Health

    Use this  link to find directives and guidance regarding Arkansas response to COVID 19 as well as latest data on active cases in Arkansas

    ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847. After normal business hours, urgent calls needing immediate response, please call 501-661-2136.

Please take steps to protect yourself. The ADH recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. Your physician will decide if testing is necessary based on your symptoms and known exposures.

OTHER PROVIDERS AND  phone numbers

    This is a list of screening sites and phone numbers for areas around the state.  ADH will have a more up to date list.

County closings and CITY CURFEWS with phone numbers when available

    Counties that are closed to public entry along with screen shots of the door signs that have phone numbers when available. This also lists curfews of Arkansas cities and those that border Arkansas.  This list might not be complete. 

    If you see your county  or city is not represented, have the county send its status and a picture of the door sign with office phone numbers or ask the city to send its curfew information  to: melody.daniels@adem.arkansas.gov or sue.harper@arkansas.gov

Governors COVID-19 links

Veterans links from the VA

    Includes Federal helpful links for Veterans

Shreveport VA COVID 19

    Includes access information and phone numbers to Veterans Health InShreveport Overton Brooks Health Care 

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks    

    Directory of Clinics

        Includes Fort Smith, Harrison and other clinics in the Ozark VA foot print.

Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care CAVHS Little Rock

   Information for entry to Fort Roots or McClellan facilities

G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center  --  Mississippi VA Health Care

Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call us at 601-362-4471 or 1-800-949-1009 and press 6, before you visit your local medical center or clinic. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging. Visitors, if you do not feel well, please postpone your visit. Read VA’s latest information on the new coronavirus at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/.

Memphis VA Health

VA is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re a Veteran seeking medical care, call Telephone Care at 901-577-7221 before visiting—even if you already have an appointment. Click here for facility and COVID-19 information. 

     Temporary closings

    Memphis Mayor issues Safer at Home order

   VA Public Health

    Includes  --on scroll down-- active cases data in VA health care facilities as well as what do do if you are a veteran who might have COVID 19 symptoms

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

    This contains links to all State entities information related to COVID-19

Oklahoma COVID 19 Info

Missouri COVID 19 Info

Tennessee COVID 19 Info

Mississippi COVID 19 Info

Louisana COVID 19 INFO

Texas COVID 19 Info

DOD COVID-19

    This contains links to DOD Covid response

Tricare Military COVID 19

    Links to Tricare and on this site are links to Tricare for Retirees.