Lawmakers Pass New Law for Veterans

Lawmakers Pass New Law for Veterans

( –¬†On Monday, November 15, the House passed a new measure expanding SAVES LIVES Act to include flu vaccines. Under the new bill, Veterans Affairs facilities can administer the annual flu vaccination to veterans currently enrolled in the VA health care system. Additionally, like HR 1276, veterans’ spouses and caregivers can receive the vaccination. However, unlike the SAVE LIVES Act, the new measure only extends through April 29, 2022.

President Joe Biden originally signed HR 1276 into law on March 24, 2021. Short titled the SAVE LIVES Act; the measure expanded the Veterans Administration’s ability to administer COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans, their spouses, and caregivers. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and gained the endorsement of nine veterans service organizations. The House recently passed a companion measure expanding that service.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the House Veterans Affairs Committee head, praised the bill’s passage. According to him, public health officials have confirmed it is safe for individuals to receive both the COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. They also said it is okay to get both, “even at the same time.”

Takano concluded his remarks, noting that passage of the bill would help reduce the “burden” on the nation’s overall healthcare system “this winter.”

What do you think? Is this a good service for the government to provide?

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