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VA MANILA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

 

April 16, 2021

 

1.    COVID-19 VACCINATIONS UPDATES:

 

I am pleased to share with the Veteran community in the Philippines that VA Manila has been allocated its initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine.  This has been a tremendous undertaking and required the collaboration of multiple Federal agencies. I appreciate the teamwork among these agencies that has gotten us to this point.  VA Manila staff are ready to rise to the challenge to safely vaccinate as many Veterans as quickly as possible. I am also very grateful for the patience and understanding from the Veteran community in the Philippines as we have worked through the many hurdles involved with the shipping and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to VA’s most distant health care facility in a foreign country.

 

VA Manila has initially been allocated the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This vaccine has been granted Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use both in the United States and the Philippines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a two-dose series, consisting of an initial vaccine, and a second booster shot 21 days later. Veterans are encouraged to review the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Information Sheet and to consider the risks and benefits of being vaccinated. Veterans should ask their provider about any questions or concerns you may have about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine prior to scheduling, or prior to vaccine administration.

 

VA Manila will begin providing vaccines to Veterans on Monday, April 19, 2021. Vaccinations will be administered at the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic, 1501 Roxas Boulevard, 1302, Pasay City, Metro Manila, and will be offered by appointment only. VA Manila will not be able to accommodate Veterans seeking a vaccine on a walk-in basis, as the Clinic remains closed to walk-in appointments at this time. When a Veteran is eligible to receive a COVID vaccine, a VA Manila staff member will contact the Veteran by phone and secure messenger to offer an appointment in our dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. Based on available vaccine supplies, VA Manila will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our enrolled Veteran patients. Due to the overwhelming demand that is anticipated, I am asking Veterans not to call the Clinic to inquire when they can receive a vaccine. Initially, our supplies will be limited, and the Clinic will be working through a prioritized list to offer the vaccine first to those at highest risk of getting or spreading the coronavirus, or of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. The Clinic will put out frequent email updates keeping the Veteran community up-to-date on developments throughout this process.

 

VA Manila’s clinic scheduling team has already started contacting Veterans based on established prioritization groups. These groups were previously published by the Department of Veterans Affairs in November 2020. The Clinic will strictly adhere to the priority groups initially and will start with Phase 1a and Phase 1b, which includes the following individuals:

Phase 1a includes these eligible Veterans who already receive care at VA:

Veterans who live in VA community living centers and spinal cord units

Veterans who live in other long-term care or congregate (group living) settings and don't have access to COVID-19 vaccines in those settings

Veterans who work in cemeteries

Veterans who work as health care personnel

Phase 1b includes these eligible Veterans who already receive care at VA:

Veterans who are at least 75 years old 

Veterans who are essential frontline workers

Veterans who are experiencing homelessness 

Veterans who receive hemodialysis care 

Veterans who've had a solid organ transplant or who are being considered for transplant

Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders 

Veterans who receive chemotherapy treatment in a clinic or hospital

 

Following the initial prioritization groups 1a and 1b, Veterans in priority group 1c will be accommodated:

Phase 1c includes these eligible Veterans who already receive care at VA:

§  Veterans who are ages 65 to 74

§  Veterans who are younger than 65 years old and have certain health conditions that the CDC determines put them at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 

§  Veterans who the CDC considers essential workers not included in Phase 1b

Go to the CDC website to read about health problems that increase risk from COVID-19

Go to the CDC website to read the full list of essential workers
 

Once VA Manila has been able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to enrolled Veterans in Phases 1a, 1b, and 1c, the Clinic will offer a COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans enrolled in VA health care in the Philippines. Finally, once that group has been offered their initial vaccines, VA Manila will then offer any remaining supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to other non-enrolled Veterans and other individuals, as supplies permit and as authorized by the SAVE LIVES Act (Public Law 117-4). This law requires VA to continue to prioritize enrolled Veterans in the absence of a readily available supply of vaccine.

When will I be contacted for my vaccine appointment?

VA Manila’s initial COVID-19 vaccine allocation is not sufficient to vaccinate all enrolled Veterans at the Clinic, in addition to the non-enrolled Veterans and spouses/caregivers of Veterans living in the Philippines. These groups of individuals were recently authorized to receive vaccine from VA by the SAVE LIVES Act (PL 117-4). At this time, only enrolled Veterans who are active patients at the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic and over the age of 75 will be contacted. It is unlikely that VA Manila will be able to accommodate Veterans younger than 75 with our initial allocation. As additional supplies of vaccine are allocated to VA Manila and shipped, the Clinic will work to vaccinate other Veterans based on the priority groups outlined above. However, it may be several weeks or even several months before the Clinic receives a second allocation and shipment of vaccine.

Veterans, spouses, and caregivers in lower priority groups who may have an opportunity to receive a vaccine from their Local Government Units or Departments of Health in the Philippines are encouraged to consider receiving their COVID-19 vaccine from these sources. Veterans who will be returning to the United States in the near future may also choose to receive a vaccine from VA or community provider while stateside. Regardless of the source, the best COVID-19 vaccine you can receive is the one that you can get in your arm.

How to stay up to date on COVID-19 Vaccines.

To get timely COVID-19 vaccine updates in English and Tagalog, please visit:  www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine. Please note at this time, the Keep Me Informed Tool, also known as the “sign up” feature, is not compatible with Philippine Postal Codes. This tool only works with U.S. zip codes. VA Manila is developing our own local resource to allow Veterans, spouses, and caregivers to alert VA Manila that you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from OPC. In the meantime, please do not use the ‘sign up’ tool, as this information likely will not reach VA Manila.  We intend to share information about how you can let VA Manila know you’d like a vaccine in the next few days.  Also, look out for regular email updates about Manila OPC’s unique vaccine rollout process. 

As always, if you need any assistance, please email your primary care team in MyHealtheVet, or you are welcome to contact me directly: [email protected]

 

Please continue to stay healthy and safe and continue vigilantly practicing the best strategies to prevent and spread COVID-19 infections – Washing your hands, Watching your distance from other people, and Wearing a mask.

 

Your VA Manila Team

 

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VA Manila COVID Vaccine Information Fact Sheet

US FDA Vaccine Information Sheet – Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

 

 

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Daniel Gutkoski, MHA

Clinic Manager, VA Manila Outpatient Clinic

US Embassy to the Philippines, Seafront Compound

1501 Roxas Boulevard

1302 Pasay City, Metro Manila

Direct: +63 (02) 8396-3735    Toll Free: #MyVA (#6982)

 

 

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Very good news for veterans.  And it's the Pfizer vaccine.  Of course many people will have some challenges associated with travel to Manila, but maybe having documents confirming an appointment will help overcome some of the hurdles. 

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That would be one trip flying, 21 days later another trip, then xx amount of days for the third trip flying to get six months coverage. Rinse and repeat three months later. That could be up to $600 x2 in plane tickets via PAL.

Plus navigating through the most covid section of the country to get a shot. 

For my wife and I, we’ll wait for the Astra shot, in Leyte.

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13 hours ago, Soupeod said:

we’ll wait for the Astra shot, in Leyte

Do novavax instead if the option is available.  And no weird  unforseen side effects pop up.  

The travel difficulties do seem to pose a significant problem, but it sounds like initial availability is really small anyway and for a very select group that is in somewhat dire straights.  I guess if you are over 75 and work in a cemetery you will be good to go.  But most vets it seems should expect to get their vax locally sourced.

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MANILA VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

July 9, 2021

QUICK UPDATES:

VA Manila is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible Veterans on a scheduled appointment basis only. If you’d like a vaccine, see scheduling information below and follow one of the three easy steps. Don’t miss your opportunity to get your COVID-19 vaccine – call us and get scheduled today!

VA Manila is open for weekend mass vaccination clinics on several upcoming Saturdays and Sundays.

Non-Enrolled Veterans can complete this form [SAVE LIVES Act Vaccination Registration Worksheet.pdf] and email it to [email protected] to expedite the enrollment process. Please wait 3 business days after submitting the form by email before calling the Clinic to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Veterans in the Philippines who have received 1 dose of Sinovac are eligible to receive 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a waiting period of 28 days. Veterans who have received 2 doses of Sinovac are considered fully vaccinated and should not receive a second COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR ALL VA MANILA ENROLLED VETERANS

VA Manila began providing additional COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans this week at the Outpatient Clinic. We are currently seeing approximately 100 Veterans during weekdays, and are scheduled to have approximately 300 Veterans receive their COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow, on our first of several weekend mass vaccination clinics that we will conduct over the next four weeks. We still have many available appointments for both weekday and weekend appointments over the next four weeks. If you are a Veteran, regardless of enrollment or eligibility status for healthcare benefits from VA Manila, it’s your turn to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. 

When will the next round of vaccines begin?

VA Manila resumed administering vaccines on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. This round of vaccines will end on Saturday, August 7, 2021. We will be administering vaccines every weekday between July 6 and August 6, 2021, with the target audience for weekday appointments Veterans who already have scheduled clinic appointments on those days. In addition to weekday vaccine appointments, VA Manila will have dedicated COVID-19 Mass Vaccine Clinics on the following Saturdays and Sundays: 

Saturday, July 10, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, July 17, 2021   – 12:00 – 15:00

Sunday, July 18, 2021     – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, July 24, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, July 31, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Sunday, August 1, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – 08:00 – 15:00

Please consider scheduling to come on a Saturday or Sunday. Usually traffic conditions in the Metro Manila area are much more favorable on the weekends, and we are hoping to vaccinate between 300 – 400 Veterans each of the days above. However, if you would prefer a weekday appointment, we will do everything we can to accommodate your request for a vaccine on your specific day.

** Please note, due to the high volume of Veterans that the Outpatient Clinic will be vaccinating on Saturdays and Sundays, we are asking that Veterans do not bring a companion or spouse with them to the Clinic for their vaccine appointment unless it is absolutely necessary. With more than 300 Veterans attending vaccine appointments on the weekends, the VA will not have extra seating available for companions. If possible, these individuals should wait in the vehicle or outside in the Gazebo waiting area. Only Veterans who require the assistance of someone for mobility or other disability should bring a companion, and it should be limited to one (1) individual. Your cooperation will help to ensure a smooth and quick flow of Veterans into and out of the Clinic during our dedicated mass vaccine clinic days. 

How do I get scheduled for an appointment?

Getting an appointment for a COVID Vaccine is easy – follow one of these 3 steps!

A dedicated phone line has been set up at the VA Manila Clinic to accommodate the high demand to schedule vaccine appointments. Veterans can contact the Manila Outpatient Clinic at +63-02-8550-3888, Press Option 2 for the Outpatient Clinic, then press 3 for COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling. Please understand that there may be extended hold times over the next several days as we try to schedule as many Veterans as possible. The Clinic’s phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 3PM. Additionally, the Clinic’s phone lines will be open on Saturday, July 10 from 8AM to 3PM.

If you would like to be scheduled on one of the upcoming Saturday or Sunday mass vaccination clinic days, you can send a Secure Message to your primary care team via MyHealtheVet with your preferred date and time. One of our staff members will get back to you to confirm your appointment.

You can also send an email with your preferred date and time [email protected] Please include your last name, last 4 of your SSN, and your current address and phone number in your email so that we can confirm the information on file. VA Manila will send you a text message to confirm your appointment time, or an email reply if no cellular phone is on file.

What vaccine is available?

VA Manila will be providing the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to Veterans. A link to the  Janssen / Johnson and Johnson Vaccine information page from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is provided here.  This vaccine confers protection with just one-dose, rather than the two dose regimens required by the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Using the Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine will allow VA Manila to vaccinate twice as many Veterans and save many Veterans the time and expense of traveling to the Clinic twice to receive their vaccinations.

This is the only vaccine that will be available during the upcoming vaccine campaign. There will not be a choice between other US FDA approved vaccines, and VA Manila does not know if future vaccine shipments will be made available and what type of vaccines may be sent to the Clinic in the future.

All three US FDA approved vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 virus, and are considered highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from the Coronavirus. While some vaccines report higher levels of protection, the three vaccines have not been studied head-to-head against one another, so it is not possible to make a comparison between the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. We strongly recommend all Veterans receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 

I don’t currently receive health care benefits at the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic. Can I receive a vaccine now?

The VA Manila Clinic will be able to begin vaccinating non-enrolled Veterans at the end of July 2021. Veterans who are not current patients and do not receive any healthcare benefits can begin scheduling a vaccine appointment on July 7, 2021, with a first appointment available on July 21, 2021. Non-enrolled Veterans can pre-register their intent to receive a vaccine at VA’s COVID-19 information page, on this website: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/sign-up/introduction.

Veterans who have not previously been patients at the Manila VA Clinic will need to register as a patient at the Clinic, and this process will take approximately 10 minutes by phone. Alternatively, these Veterans can complete this PDF form [SAVE LIVES Act Vaccination Registration Worksheet.pdf] with the required registration information and e-mail this form to [email protected] Once you are registered you can contact the Clinic and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. If you e-mail this form, please wait 3 business days before calling the Clinic to schedule your vaccine appointment to allow staff time to process your registration. 

Can my spouse / caregiver / dependent be vaccinated at the same time as me?

At this time, we continue to notify spouses and caregivers that it will likely be several more months before VA Manila is able to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to you. While the SAVE LIVES Act (Public Law 117- 4), authorizes VA to provide vaccines to non-enrolled Veterans, spouses, and caregivers, it requires that VA prioritize Veterans ahead of all other groups in the absence of a readily available vaccine supply. VA Manila is unable to provide a specific date by which we may be able to begin to accommodate individuals in these groups as authorized by the SAVE LIVES Act. Spouses, and caregivers may want to consider receiving a vaccine from any source available to you, including your Local Government Units, or Provincial/Municipality Departments of Health, regardless of the country of origin of those vaccines. This also includes individuals who are eligible to receive a vaccine through the CHAMPVA program, as well as widows and surviving spouses of deceased Veterans.

VA Foreign Medical Program Reimbursement of COVID-19 Vaccine Expenses for Eligible Veterans:

Veterans currently living or travelling outside the United States who are eligible for the VA Foreign Medical Program (FMP) can receive reimbursement from VA for the expenses associated with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. VA can pay for a COVID-19 vaccine that is formally approved for use by the national health authorities of the country in which the Veteran receives the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine a Veteran overseas receives does not need to be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines: CDC information about FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

Please consult the VA FMP Website for additional information: https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp.

Clinic Manager

VA Manila Outpatient Clinic
US Embassy to the Philippines, Seafront Compound
1501 Roxas Boulevard, 1302 Pasay City, Metro Manila
+63 (02) 8396-3735 – Direct Dial  |  #MyVA (#6982) – Toll Free 

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MANILA VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

 

July 15, 2021

 

QUICK UPDATES:

 

As of today, July 15, 2021, all Veterans and spouses of Veterans in the Philippines are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine from VA Manila.

 

VA Manila is not yet able to accommodate caregivers with COVID-19 Vaccines. We also are not able to provide an estimated date when this may be possible. We appreciate your continued patience. 

 

VA Manila will offer Walk-In COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Sunday, July 18 from 11:30A – 2P, and on Monday and Tuesday, July 19 - 20 from 9A-2P. Veterans and Spouses must arrive at the VA Clinic by 2P to receive a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine. Late arriving Veterans will not be able to be accommodated. Veterans are also encouraged not to arrive before the start of scheduled walk-in clinic.

 

Non-Enrolled Veterans and Spouses who would prefer to be scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine should complete the attached COVID-19 Scheduling Worksheet and return it to the VA one of three ways: 1.) Veteran’s Secure Messenger on MyHealtheVet, 2.) Email to [email protected]; or 3.) fax to: +63 (02) 8550-3964. 

 

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR ALL VETERANS & SPOUSES

 

Based on our current available supply, VA Manila is now able to offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments to spouses of Veterans in the Philippines effective immediately. If you are Veteran, it’s now time for you and your spouse to get a COVID-19 vaccine from VA Manila. Please consider making an appointment and getting your vaccine as soon as possible. Our goal is to vaccinate as many Veterans as safely and quickly as possible before Saturday, August 7, 2021. Please help us meet our goal.

 

Veterans who have never been to the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic before, as well as their eligible spouses who wish to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment must complete the attached COVID-19 VACCINATION WORKSHEET: SAVE LIVES ACT and return it to the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic. You can return the attached form to the clinic one of three ways: 1.) use the Veteran’s Secure Message System within MyHealtheVet and send to your Primary Care Team; 2.) fax the completed form to the VA Manila Outpatient Clinic at: +63-02-8550-3964; or 3.) email the completed form to [email protected] Please wait 2 business days after submitting your form for it to be processed. Once processed, you can call to schedule an appointment for your vaccine. The Clinic needs to register you in our medical record system before we are able to schedule you an appointment.

 

You can also call the Clinic and speak to an enrollment staff member who can enroll you and give you an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, but given the anticipated demand, phone lines may have extended hold times. To reach the dedicated VA Manila COVID-19 scheduling hotline, please call: +63-02-8550-3888, Press Option 2 for the Outpatient Clinic, and the Option 3 for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. You can also dial the Clinic toll free at #MyVA (#6982) on any Smart, Sun, or Globe mobile device.

 

Currently, VA Manila is not able to accommodate caregivers in our vaccination efforts. In accordance with the SAVES LIVES Act, VA Manila is prioritizing Veterans and spouses based on available vaccine supply and anticipated demand. We will continue to provide regular updates about our vaccine availability. Please note, the SAVES LIVES Act did NOT authorize VA to provide COVID-19 vaccines to dependents, and furthermore the J&J Vaccine is not approved for use in minors under the age of 18.

 

Expanded Hours of Operation for COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

VA Manila is trying to vaccinate as many Veterans and spouses as possible. To that end, many of our staff will be working extended hours over the next several weekends to offer as many options as possible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We will be administering vaccines every weekday between now and August 6, 2021, with the target audience for weekday appointments Veterans who already have scheduled clinic appointments on those days.  In addition to weekday vaccine appointments, VA Manila will have dedicated COVID-19 Mass Vaccine Clinics on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

 

Saturday, July 17, 2021   – 12:00 – 15:00

Sunday, July 18, 2021     – 08:00 – 15:00 ***Walk in Hours from 11A – 2P***

Saturday, July 24, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, July 31, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Sunday, August 1, 2021   – 08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – 08:00 – 15:00

 

Please consider scheduling to come on a Saturday or Sunday. Usually traffic conditions in the Metro Manila area are much more favorable on the weekends, and we are hoping to vaccinate between 300 – 400 Veterans each of the days above. However, if you would prefer a weekday appointment, we will do everything we can to accommodate your request for a vaccine on your specific day.

 

This upcoming weekend, on Sunday, July 18 from 11a-3p, and on Monday and Tuesday, July 19-20, 2021, VA Manila will also offer same day walk-in registration and vaccination. Please be certain to arrive no later than 2:00 PM if you wish to walk-in for a vaccination, to ensure we can complete the necessary paperwork and registration protocols.

 

How do I get scheduled for an appointment?

 

Getting an appointment for a COVID-19 Vaccine is easy – follow one of these 3 steps!

 

A dedicated phone line has been set up at the VA Manila Clinic to accommodate the high demand to schedule vaccine appointments. Veterans can contact the Manila Outpatient Clinic at +63-02-8550-3888, Press Option 2 for the Outpatient Clinic, then press 3 for COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling. Please understand that there may be extended hold times over the next several days as we try to schedule as many Veterans as possible. The Clinic’s phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 3PM. 

 

If you would like to be scheduled on one of the upcoming Saturday or Sunday mass vaccination clinic days, you can send a Secure Message to your primary care team via MyHealtheVet with your preferred date and time. One of our staff members will get back to you to confirm your appointment.

 

You can also send an email with your preferred date and time [email protected] Please include your last name, last 4 of your SSN, and your current address and phone number in your email so that we can confirm the information on file. VA Manila will send you a text message to confirm your appointment time, or an email reply if no cellular phone is on file. 

 

What vaccine is available?

 

VA Manila will be providing the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to Veterans. A link to the  Janssen / Johnson and Johnson Vaccine information page from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is provided here.  This vaccine confers protection with just one-dose, rather than the two dose regimens required by the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Using the Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine will allow VA Manila to vaccinate twice as many Veterans and save many Veterans the time and expense of traveling to the Clinic twice to receive their vaccinations.

 

This is the only vaccine that will be available during the upcoming vaccine campaign. There will not be a choice between other US FDA approved vaccines, and VA Manila does not know if future vaccine shipments will be made available and what type of vaccines may be sent to the Clinic in the future.

 

All three US FDA approved vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 virus, and are considered highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from the Coronavirus. While some vaccines report higher levels of protection, the three vaccines have not been studied head-to-head against one another, so it is not possible to make a comparison between the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. We strongly recommend all Veterans receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

 

I have concerns about receiving the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine due to recent news report.

 

COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. CDC and FDA are monitoring reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine. GBS is a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness or in the most severe cases paralysis. Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS; it is typically triggered by a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection. Most people fully recover from GBS.

 

Reports of GBS after receipt of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) are rare but do likely indicate a small possible risk of this side effect following this vaccine. Around 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been detected in VAERS after 12.8 million doses of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine administered. These cases have largely been reported about two weeks after vaccination. This issue will be discussed as part of an upcoming CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting.

 

In the United States, nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring in unvaccinated people. The risk of severe adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination remains rare. Everyone eligible is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

 

 

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VA Manila Outpatient Clinic
US Embassy to the Philippines, Seafront Compound

1501 Roxas Boulevard, 1302 Pasay City, Metro Manila

+63 (02) 8396-3735 – Direct Dial

#MyVA (#6982) – Toll Free 

 

 

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MANILA VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

 

July 23, 2021

 

 

QUICK COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES:

 

VA Manila will be offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments tomorrow, Saturday, July 24 from 10A to 1P. Please do not arrive before 9:30A, and all individuals seeking a vaccine must arrive by 1P. Late arrivals will not be able to be accommodated.

 

If you are coming for a scheduled appointment on Saturday, July 24, please DO NOT arrive at the Clinic more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. There is no reason to arrive early, and we are trying to ensure adequate physical distancing at all times around the Clinic.

 

VA Manila still has many scheduled vaccine appointments available over the next two weeks. Please follow one of the steps outlined below to register and schedule a vaccine. Our current vaccine supply will be available until August 7, 2021, so please do not delay if you would like a vaccine.

 

If you are a non-enrolled Veteran who has never been a patient at the Manila Outpatient Clinic, or a spouse of a Veteran, you can register for a vaccine by email. Complete the attached COVID-19 Scheduling Worksheet and return it by email [email protected]

 

VA Manila is still unable to provide COVID-19 vaccines to dependents and caregivers. We estimate there are many thousands of Veterans and spouses who are still waiting for a vaccine, and we must prioritize these groups first. We will continue to provide regular updates as our supply allows us to further expand. Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Expanded Hours of Operation for COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

VA Manila is trying to accommodate COVID-19 vaccines for as many Veterans and spouses as possible. To accomplish this goal, many of our staff will be working extended hours over the next several weekends to offer as many options as possible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We will be administering vaccines every weekday through August 6, 2021.   In addition to weekday vaccine appointments, VA Manila will have dedicated COVID-19 Mass Vaccine Clinics on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

 

Saturday, July 24, 2021      08:00 – 15:00     ** Walk-in Hours from 10A – 1P **

Saturday, July 31, 2021      08:00 – 15:00

Sunday, August 1, 2021     08:00 – 15:00

Saturday, August 7, 2021   08:00 – 15:00

 

Please consider scheduling to come on a Saturday or Sunday. Usually traffic conditions in the Metro Manila area are much more favorable on the weekends, and we are hoping to vaccinate between 300 – 400 Veterans each of the days above. However, if you would prefer a weekday appointment, we will do everything we can to accommodate your request for a vaccine on your specific day. 

 

How do I get scheduled for an appointment?

 

Getting an appointment for a COVID Vaccine is easy – follow one of these 3 steps!

 

A dedicated phone line has been set up at the VA Manila Clinic to accommodate the high demand to schedule vaccine appointments. Veterans can contact the Manila Outpatient Clinic at +63-02-8550-3888, Press Option 2 for the Outpatient Clinic, then press 3 for COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling. Please understand that there may be extended hold times over the next several days as we try to schedule as many Veterans as possible. The Clinic’s phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 3PM, as well as on weekends during scheduled vaccine appointments.

 

If you would like to be scheduled on one of the upcoming Saturday or Sunday mass vaccination clinic days, you can send a Secure Message to your primary care team via MyHealtheVet with your preferred date and time. One of our staff members will get back to you to confirm your appointment.

 

You can also send an email with your preferred date and time [email protected] Please include your last name, last 4 of your SSN, and your current address and phone number in your email so that we can confirm the information on file. VA Manila will send you a text message to confirm your appointment time, or an email reply if no cellular phone is on file. 

 

How can I get help getting to Manila for my COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Several Veterans Service Organizations have offered their assistance with coordinating transportation for Veterans and Spouses from areas in Zambales, Bataan, and Pampanga to help to ensure everyone who would like a COVID-19 Vaccine can receive one. Together, the RAO Subic and VFW Post 2485 have already assisted more than 250 Veterans so far in arranging vanpools to get to Manila. 

 

If you are a Veteran or a spouse and live in the Central Luzon area, feel free to reach out to one of these two organizations for assistance: 

 

Retired Activities Office – Subic Bay

RAO Phone: (047) 222-2314

Email:          [email protected]

 

VFW Post 2485 – Angeles City

Email:         [email protected]

Facebook:  VFW2485

In-person:   VFW Post 2485, 381 Santol Road

                   Clarkview subdivision, Angeles City

 

What vaccine is available?

 

VA Manila will be providing the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to Veterans. A link to the  Janssen / Johnson and Johnson Vaccine information page from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is provided here.  This vaccine confers protection with just one-dose, rather than the two dose regimens required by the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Using the Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine will allow VA Manila to vaccinate twice as many Veterans and save many Veterans the time and expense of traveling to the Clinic twice to receive their vaccinations.

 

This is the only vaccine that will be available during the upcoming vaccine campaign. There will not be a choice between other US FDA approved vaccines, and VA Manila does not know if future vaccine shipments will be made available and what type of vaccines may be sent to the Clinic in the future.

 

All three US FDA approved vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 virus, and are considered highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from the Coronavirus. While some vaccines report higher levels of protection, the three vaccines have not been studied head-to-head against one another, so it is not possible to make a comparison between the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. We strongly recommend all Veterans receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

 

I have concerns about receiving the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine due to recent news report.

 

COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. CDC and FDA are monitoring reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine. GBS is a neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness or in the most severe cases paralysis. Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS; it is typically triggered by a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection. Most people fully recover from GBS.

 

Reports of GBS after receipt of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) are rare, but do likely indicate a small possible risk of this side effect following this vaccine. Around 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been detected in VAERS after 12.8 million doses of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine administered. These cases have largely been reported about two weeks after vaccination and mostly in males, many aged 50 years and older.  Available data do not show a pattern suggesting a similar increased risk with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), after over 321 million doses administered in the United States. This issue will be discussed as part of an upcoming CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting.

 

In the United States, nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring in unvaccinated people. The risk of severe adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination remains rare. Everyone eligible older is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

OTHER VA MANILA OPC CLINIC UPDATES

 

Changes to MyHealtheVet:

 

On September 1, 2021, the My HealtheVet Advanced account type will be discontinued. If an Advanced account is not upgraded to Premium before September 2021, it will revert to the Basic account level. Basic account holders will not have access to the VA Pharmacy module.

 

To upgrade to Premium account:

 

Option 1 - In Person (Face to face): On your next visit, please bring one Valid ID (VHIC, VIC, US Passport, Military ID, Driver’s License, etc.) present to Receptionist/Verifier.

 

Option 2 -  Online (DS Logon): Using sign-in Partner, please sign-in using your DS logon Premium account then click the button Upgrade – beside your name

 

Option 3 - Online (Id.me): Using sign-in Partner, please sign-in using your ID.me account then click the buttonUpgrade – beside your name

 

Thank you.

 

2021 Clothing Allowance Applications

 

Veterans who are eligible to apply for a clothing allowance for 2021 will need to submit their completed VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance, directly to the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center’s prosthetics department. VA Manila is not able to receive or accept 2021 clothing allowance applications this year. Completed forms that are received at VA Manila will be returned to the Veteran.

 

Please be sure to fully review the VA Form 10-8678, and to follow the instructions completely. Veterans should include any evidence that supports their clothing allowance claim, including photographs of the prosthetic device, prescriptions or orders from non-VA providers with the medical recommendation for use of the device/prosthetic item, and any medical evidence which shows the device/prosthetic is for the treatment and support of a service-connected condition. Please also submit the receipt from the purchase of the device. Submitting this information in a single, complete package will help to expedite the processing of your application. 

 

Completed forms and supporting documentation can be submitted via the following:

 

By Mail:         VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Center

1010 Delafield Rd

Pittsburgh PA 15215

Prosthetics 132 (P/A)

 

By Fax:          +1 (412) 822-3736

 

By Email:          [email protected]

 

The deadline for submitting completed 2021 Clothing Allowance Applications in August 1, 2021. 

 

A copy of VA Form 10-8678 is available here:https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/10-8678-fill.pdf

 

Additional information on clothing allowances is available on VA’s website: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/clothing-allowance/.

 

Upcoming Holidays at VA Manila

 

The U.S. Embassy, along with the VA Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic, will be closed in recognition of the following upcoming public holidays:

 

PH National Heroes Day

Monday, August 30, 2021

US Labor Day

Monday, September 6, 2021

US Columbus Day

Monday, October 11, 2021

 

NOTE: Plan ahead and order your refills 10 workdays in advance of holiday closures.  Air21 is also closed on these holidays so medications will be delayed if you fail to request refills 10 days in advance. If you run out of medications for a service-connected condition, you can buy the medicine from a community pharmacy and file a claim for reimbursement from the FMP.

 

 

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