VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
VA New York Harbor Healthcare System begins vaccinating Federal personnel
January 12, 2021
NEW YORK — The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System announced this week it began administering vaccinations to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees through an interagency agreement to support DHS’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
The agreement was initiated in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of COVID-19 as a national emergency and falls under the Economy Act which authorizes federal agencies to provide services or supplies to other federal agencies on a reimbursable basis.
As part of the agreement, trained VA medical professionals at VA New York Harbor are vaccinating DHS employees using DHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine allocations.
“This is a team effort to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible to protect our Veterans and the New York City against COVID-19,” Director Martina Parauda said.
New York Harbor is one of eight designated VA medical centers initially administering the vaccine to DHS employees, jointly agreed upon by VA and DHS.
VA will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans and health care personnel per its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Veterans can get the latest information and sign up to receive updates on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage.