The first event will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 11:00am – 1:30pm here at the CareerSource office in Tallahassee. It is the Prep for Vets Lunch and Learn, this event is limited to 20 career seekers who are veterans or other eligible persons. It’s basically a workshop to get their resume up to speed, interview techniques, mock interviews and in addition to a free lunch some door prizes will be given out. This event is designed to get the veteran career seeker ready for the Paychecks for Patriots Virtual Hiring Fair.
The next event is the Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Fair which will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 9:30am – 11:30am. The first hour of the event is exclusively for veterans, after that it opens up to all other career seekers.
We have great news to share! North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System(NF/SGVHS) is offering the first FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier this week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine full U.S. approval for the prevention of the COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. This approval means that Veterans can continue to be confident that the vaccine has met the highest standards in safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality set forth by the FDA. The vaccine also continues to be available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals between the ages of 12 through 15 and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
This approval is a huge milestone in our fight to beat this pandemic. Our health system continues to see a surge in the number of cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19. It is critical that we all take every measure we can to get this pandemic under control. The best way for us to do this is by getting vaccinated. This action will help protect you, your family, and our local communities.
The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System team is doing everything possible to keep Veterans, staff, family members, caregivers and our community safe during this unprecedented pandemic. Please join us in this fight—get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can.
We are currently offering this FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine at Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Lake City VA Medical Center, The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic, and our Timuquana Market Place Vaccination Clinic located in Jacksonville, Florida. Veterans, Spouse, and Caregivers that are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can attend one of our walk-in no appointment needed vaccination clinics or call 352-548-6000 ext. 103755 to schedule an appointment.
Learn more about our vaccination efforts HERE.
If you have already been vaccinated, then I want to thank you personally for protecting, first yourself, but also me and my family. We are not going to end this pandemic until we all go all in. As Veterans, lets lead the way!
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to end this pandemic.
DAVID ISAACKS, FACHE
Executive Health System Director
August 26, 2021
COMBAT COVID-19 VACCINE HESITANCY
We understand many factors play a role in why individuals may be uncertain about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) is committed to making sure Veterans are properly informed about the vaccines developed to fight COVID-19 that have been shown to be both safe and highly effective at preventing the disease. Use these helpful facts to combat vaccine hesitancy you or your family may have.
MYTH: “COVID-19 vaccines can cause severe side effects.”
FACT: Though most people have no significant reactions, the vaccine may cause side effects including fever, chills, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches and redness and pain at the injection site. Allergic reactions are more common than what we see with other vaccines but are still relatively rare and much lower than the risks associated with getting COVID-19. Each vaccine site is well equipped to handle severe allergic reaction.
MYTH: “I’m younger and won’t get sick so I don’t need the vaccine.”
FACT: False. CDC data suggests that the virus is affecting younger age groups at an increasing rate. Young black and Hispanic people are more at risk than Caucasian people due to racial health inequities and social determinants of health. Plus, getting vaccinated helps promote community immunity, which makes it hard for the disease to spread from person to person, and protects those who cannot be vaccinated.
MYTH: “I have to get a pregnancy test before I receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
FACT: No, you are not required to get a pregnancy test before getting any of the COVID-19 vaccines. While they were not studied in pregnant women, the currently available COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that are known to be harmful to either pregnant women or to a developing fetus.
Our mission isn’t accomplished until we slow the spread of COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is an easy step we can all take to help keep our families and the most vulnerable safe. All Veterans, regardless of age, who receive care at NF/SGVHS are encouraged to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by calling 352-548-6000, ext. 103755. Still uncertain? Call your VA health care provider or visit VA’s COVID-19 Vaccine web page: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ or the NF/SGVHS COVID-19 Vaccine page for local information at https://www.northflorida.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp .
Tallahassee Veterans Outreach knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2000, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Tallahassee Veterans Outreach.
LOCAL FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS
Tallahassee Veterans Outreach (TVO) recognizes there are Veterans and their families who are facing difficulties and in the need for food. We wanted to share available information on local "Food Distributions". Hopefully, this is helpful. Please share this information with persons in need and/or with other agencies that provide services to Veterans.
CONTINUING FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS
4. Wildwood Church - Our Father's Storehouse
2nd & 4th Tuesday every month
5pm - 7pm
100 Ox Bottom Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312
DO YOU HAVE YOUR VA ID CARD?
Receiving benefits from the VA begins with obtaining your VA ID card. You can apply at your local VA office, or online by clicking here.
In Leon County you can go to the Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic at 2181 East Orange Avenue in Tallahassee, FL
TVO NEWS WIRE
17 Dec 2020 - Stars and Stripes | By Nikki Wentling
WASHINGTON -- Congress approved a bill Wednesday that increases resources for homeless veterans, creates a Department of Veterans Affairs advisory committee for Native American veterans and mandates that every VA hospital hire a dedicated women's health provider, among dozens of other measures.
The legislative package, which lawmakers described as an end-of-year omnibus bill for veterans, is over 340 pages long and includes numerous provisions for female veterans, Native American veterans, homeless veterans, student veterans, veterans experiencing the effects of toxic exposures and those affected by the coronavirus.
VA is offering flu shots for all enrolled/eligible Veterans at both medical centers and all outpatient clinics. No appointment is required. Hours vary by location.
FOUR NEW AGENT ORANGE RELATED DISEASES
Congress FY21 NDAA Bill adds: Bladder cancer, Hypothyroidism, & Parkinsonism to the 14 Agent Orange-related diseases. Congress passed the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming and veto-proof margin.
Vietnam Veterans of America asked President Trump to sign the NDAA, which will add four
Agent Orange-related diseases—bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, & Parkinsonism—to the
Department of Veterans Affairs list of conditions linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam.
This legislation will correct a long-lingering injustice, allowing our afflicted Vietnam veterans to
receive the care and benefits they have earned by their service in our long-ago, unpopular war.