The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now mandatory for Title 38 VA health care personnel — including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors — who work in Veterans Health Administration facilities, visit VHA facilities, or provide direct care to those VA serves.
Employees must take every reasonable step to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in VA medical facilities. Among other prevention efforts, which may include masking, social distancing, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene, vaccination against COVID-19 is fundamental to the prevention of COVID-19 for both patients and staff, and to the mitigation of transmission of this virus among susceptible populations in the workplace.
It is VHA policy that VA medical facilities will implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program by requiring all Title 38 health care personnel to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. This policy applies to those staff members who work at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, a federal facility, and requires these employees to receive full vaccination against COVID-19 within eight weeks.
For information about state facilities that fall under Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, we refer you to contact the Public Affairs & Media Relations department at 405-523-4015.
For more information about the new federal mandate, click here: VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff