Kane Veterans Age 55+ With Health Conditions Can Now Get Vaccinated Through Hines VA Hospital

Kane Veterans Age 55+ With Health Conditions Can Now Get Vaccinated Through Hines VA Hospital

Hines VA Hospital is now providing the COVID-19 Vaccine to enrolled veterans over the age of 55 with health conditions.

According to Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission Superintendent Jacob Zimmerman, Kane County veterans who receive primary care at Hines VA or one of the six Community Based Outpatient Clinics should consider contacting the VA for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment because they might get access to the vaccine sooner.

“While the supply of vaccine is growing, it remains limited,” Zimmerman said. “So any time a veteran takes an appointment through Hines, it opens an appointment spot for non-veterans at a local hospital, clinic, pharmacy or mass vaccination site.”

Enrolled veterans can call the Hines VA COVID vaccine call center to schedule an appointment at 708-202-2707 or 708-202-7000. Currently, appointments are only at the main Hines Hospital campus, but Hines VA will make an announcement if vaccine is available at a local clinic.

Veterans in one of the categories below are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Hines.

  • Veterans 55+ years-old w/ the following health conditions: Diabetes, COPD, Obesity, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Cancer, Smokers, Sickle Cell Disease.
  • Essential workers who are ENROLLED IN HINES VA HEALTHCARE. This includes fire fighters, police officers, correction officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers)
  • Dialysis patients
  • Chemotherapy patients
  • Organ transplant Veterans
  • Homeless Veteran Program participants
  • Inpatient Spinal Cord Center
  • Community Living Center residents
  • Residential Care Facility residents
  • Hines VA employees

Vaccines are given in the Hines auditorium located on the west side of campus. You can enter directly through the auditorium or the atrium entrance. The facility is open seven days a week for appointments. Veterans may also call their provider, for scheduling.

Due to the high volume of calls, officials ask veterans to be patient with the Hines COVID call center and the Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.

Veterans need to be enrolled in health care at Hines or one of its six community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) to be eligible for the vaccine. You can learn more about eligibility and how to apply at www.va.gov/healthbenefits or call 1-877-222-VETS.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA’s vaccine information page.

Help For Kane County Veterans

“We encourage any veteran who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine who is NOT registered at Hines VA Hospital (which includes the Aurora and Hoffman Estates VA Clinics) to enroll for VA Health Care so that when they become eligible for the vaccine there will be less delay in being able to receive it,” Zimmerman said.

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.

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