VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Director's Message May 21, 2021
While the national vaccination rate slows, VAPIHCS continues its outreach and now allows for walk-ins. While the pace of vaccinations has slowed across the Nation, VAPIHCS has administered more than 12K doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans, spouses, caregivers. Watch KITV4 - VA working to overcome Vaccine Hesitancy among Veterans in Hawaii. If you, your spouse or caregiver have not gotten your COVID-19 vaccination and would like one, call 1-800-214-1306 or come into a VA clinic for one.
Vaccination is critical to defending against COVID-19. Used together with testing, hand washing, and other mitigation measures, vaccination can prevent you from getting COVID-19 and keep you and your loved ones from getting seriously ill if you do get the disease. With greater access to vaccinations and a more readily available supply of vaccine, we are now moving into a new phase of our efforts. VAPIHCS reaffirms our support for initiatives to increase vaccination acceptance among all Veterans.
Masks at VAPIHCS
For the time being, masking requirements will remain in place for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated patients and visitors, employees, contractors, and volunteers for all VAPIHCS buildings and campuses, even if no patients are seen or treated in the facilities.
If you have not already received a COVID-19 vaccine, please consider getting vaccinated and helping us keep our patients, employees and visitors safe. We’re offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to VA employees, Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients every Wednesday in the ACC. Learn more.
All VA facilities and clinics that administer COVID-19 vaccines are now offering walk-ins for eligible Veterans, spouses and caregivers. This walk-in service ensures that all Veterans enrolled in VA health care and those authorized under the SAVE LIVES Act have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from VA at a time convenient to them. This effort is in support of the president’s goal of administering at least one vaccine shot to 70% of the U.S. adult population by July 4 (58% currently as of May 10).
National Nurses Month
Did you know the VA is the largest employer of nurses in the nation? We celebrated this year’s “Nurses Make the Difference” theme and described the heroic work of VAPIHCS’ nurses serving Veterans in the coronavirus pandemic and the innovations and training programs they have initiated. Would you like to work for VAPIHCS? Join us apply at VAPIHCS USAJOBS: https://www.hawaii.va.gov/careers/index.asp
One Team, One Ohana!
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE
Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
VADM, MC, USN, (RET)
36th Surgeon General, USN