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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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