Hines VA Hospital is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans of all ages. Approximately 35% of its enrollees have been vaccinated to date.
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission Superintendent Jacob Zimmerman, said this is a breakthrough for local veterans, and he encouraged Kane County veterans to contact his office to make sure they are enrolled and eligible to get vaccinated.
If veterans are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the main campus or one of its Community Based Outpatient Clinics, they should call to schedule an appointment at 708-202-2707 or 708-202-7000.
Veterans need to be enrolled in health care at Hines or one of its six CBOCs to be eligible for the vaccine. However, to receive care in VA, enrollees must meet certain eligibility requirements under current law, which may include income limits.
For enrollment information, visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.
“VA has done an exceptional job at offering a streamlined COVID-19 vaccination process for Veterans, and Hines is proud to help veterans get closer to normal life,” said Lorry Luscri, Hines VA Hospital COVID-19 vaccine coordinator.
How do you enroll in VA Health Care?
- If you live in Kane County, call the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission at 630-232-3552, Monday through Friday. The Veterans Assistance Commission will screen you for eligibility and, if eligible, submit your application to Hines. Processing time ranges from one to 24 hours.
- If you live outside of Kane County, you can apply on this website: https://www.va.gov/health-care/apply/application/introduction or by calling your local County Veterans Assistance Commission. Processing times can take up to one week.
Before calling or applying, Zimmerman suggest you have your DD-214 and last year’s financial information available.
“Please be patient, call volumes have been extraordinary due to the vaccine,” he said. “If no one answers, leave one voicemail and your call will be returned in the order it was received.”
About Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to veteran patients in the Chicago area. We are the largest VA in the state of Illinois, where more than a million veterans reside. The hospital treats more than 57,000 veterans from World War II through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.