VAPIHCS Veterans,  

 This past Tuesday, the CDC and FDA’s decided to pause use of the J&J/Janssen vaccine after receiving reports of blood clotting in six people out of the over 6,800,000 people in the United States who have received the J&J vaccine. Per the national guidelines, VA is pausing the use of the J&J vaccine as the CDC and FDA continue their review. VA has not seen these serious side effects in the more than 100,000 people we have vaccinated with the J&J product at VA and the J&J vaccine has not been removed from the market.

 While it is highly unlikely that you will experience any serious adverse reactions outside of the common flu-like symptoms seen in the first day or two after vaccination, we are reaching out to ensure you are informed. The six people that had a blood clot were women under the age of 48 and experienced this adverse event within two weeks of receiving the J&J COVID-19 vaccine As such, VA is calling all women 55 years and younger that received the J&J vaccine to check on their health and wellbeing. We are also conducting this wellness check on everyone who received the J&J vaccine by US mail.

 People who received their vaccine at least 3 weeks ago have a low risk of developing a blood clot. The general symptoms from a blood clot include severe headaches, blurred vision, fainting, seizures, pain in your abdomen (chest or stomach), leg pain or swelling, or shortness of breath. We are asking Veterans to contact us if they had any of these symptoms within the last 3 weeks and to seek emergency care or dial 9-1-1 if symptoms are severe.

 Your health and safety are our number one priority. We are here to answer any questions and to assist you as needed. Please contact your primary care team at 1-800-214-1306 dial 0.

 We will continue to update the VA vaccine website with what we learn about the J&J vaccine. https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

WHO:  All Veterans eligible for health care at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System.

Must call for an appointment 1-800-214-1306 to guarantee a spot.

WHAT: Health Care Providers will be providing COVID-19 Vaccines to registered Veterans

WHERE: Spark Matsunaga VA Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

 WHEN:  Monday – Friday until 3 p.m.  Saturday appointments available.

 One Team, One Ohana!

Amy Rohlfs

Public Affairs Officer

VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

Office: (808)  433-0049

Cell:      (808)  208-5544

Email:  gloria.rohlfs@va.gov

Website:  http://www.hawaii.va.gov

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VAPacificIslands

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/va_pacific_islands/

VAPIHCS USAJOBS:  https://www.hawaii.va.gov/careers/index.asp

Weekly Radio VA Updates 

  • TUESDAYS 8:30 a.m.  830AM KHVH with Rick Hamada
  • THURSDAYS 5:30 p.m. on AM690 The Answer – Aligned with Veterans hour with Mike Buck

Veteran and First Responder Prevention Virtual Conference Tickets – Friday September 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-and-first-responder-suicide-prevention-virtual-conference-tickets-117440873815

10th Annual LASPN Suicide Prevention Summit: Hope, Transformation & Well-Being

About this Event

This year’s 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Summit will focus on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in Suicide Prevention, to present talks that foster hope, transformation and well-being. Collectively we will explore the role all of us can play in suicide prevention.

Day 3 – Sept 11th: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm (Hosted by CalVet)

This session requires special registration – space is limited. Please complete Eventbrite registration to receive Zoom instructions.

08:30 – 09:00: 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony: Moment of Silence & Reflection.

  • Introduction: Keith Boylan-Deputy Secretary-Veterans Services Division, CalVet
  • Welcome: Colette Thomas (LACDMH), James Zenner (VPAN LACDMH), Steve Peck (CEO, U.S. VETS)

09:00 – 10:30: Session 1: Military & Suicide

  • Keynote April Foreman (American Association of Suicidology, Exec Board) “Focusing on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence”

10:40 – 12:10: Session 2: First Responders & Veterans “Who watches the watchers? Protecting and serving those who Protect & Serve”

  • Speakers include: Brian Malte (Hope & Heal Fund), Miatta Snetter (U.S. VETS), and Crystal Williams (LACDMH) and more TBA.
  • Moderated by: David Weiner (Former Chief of Police, Long Beach VA)

12:30 – 14:00: Session 3: Panel Discussion: “Bringing hope to life: What Suicide Prevention means to me”

  • Panelists include: Tess Banko (UCLA/VA Veterans Family Wellness Center), Roberto Alvarez (LA County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Special Assistant, Military and Veterans Affairs), Nathan Graeser (Brigade Chaplain, California Army National Guard), and Eric Barrera (VPAN LACDMH & Marine Corps Veteran)
  • Moderated by: Robert K. Stohr (Executive Director, U.S. VETS Patriotic Hall)

Learn more about our speakers below

Speakers will be updated soon