So you’re a Veteran, family member or caregiver and you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Congratulations!

There are so many things that so many of us haven’t been able to do in the last year and a half because of this virus. Now that you’re vaccinated, how has your life changed as a result? How will it change?

The post-COVID possibilities are endless

What activities can you safely resume that you haven’t been able to do – or been comfortable doing – since the spring of 2020? Where can you go? Who can you visit? Everyone has a different list.

I'm vaccinated, so #NowICanSafely blank card

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Maybe now you can hug your parents or grandparents. Or finally take the grandkids to get that ice cream cone you promised them last summer. Perhaps visit a relative you’ve been anxious to see in the hospital or nursing home. Have a relaxing dinner with friends. Go to a long-overdue wedding – and stay for the reception. Volunteer (maybe at your local VA medical center). Attend religious services. Sing in the choir. Go to a concert. Ride an elevator with strangers. See a movie or a play in an actual theater. Or just visit a (fully vaccinated) neighbor, indoors, and enjoy doing nothing at all together.

Whatever your activity, we invite you to share it on your social media channels.

How? It’s easy. Download a #NowICanSafely card. Print it out. Fill in your favorite activity. Take a photo of yourself with the card. You don’t have to be doing the activity in the photo, although that would be nice. Just you holding the card is enough. Then post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NowICanSafely. Be sure to tag @VeteransHealth when you do!

Celebrate your freedom – and encourage others to get the shot

Hopefully, your story will encourage others to take the shot and help defeat this virus that has had such a profound effect on all our lives.

As further encouragement, tell your friends and fellow Veterans that VA is here to vaccinate them today. You don’t even have to be enrolled in VA health care to receive the vaccine.

It’s been a long and challenging year. You deserve a chance to celebrate your new freedom – and share it with the world.

And meanwhile, spread the word to those in your communities that when they are ready to get the shot, VA is here for them.

More about vaccinations in VA:

Learn about COVID-19 vaccines at VA and sign up to get vaccinated: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/.

Hear Veterans and VSO leaders tell what getting vaccinated meant to them: https://news.va.gov/89157/acting-under-secretary-stone-imperative-vaccinate-people/.

To download a #NowICanSafely card, visit https://www.va.gov/health/docs/NowICanSafely_blank_card_template.pdf.

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Published on Jun. 3, 2021

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4 Comments

  1. mike conley June 19, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Ann Arbor VA Hospital Since 1997 OFF Since Covid began in March 2020 Interested in resuming Volunteering .I’am Vaccinated as June -9 Fully protected June -23 by Pfizer . Volunteered helping with Bingo C L C center / office envelope stuffing.etc. Please -Let know When Volunteering Resumes -Bingo .etc. THANK YOU.

  2. Patrick Bryan June 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Ill pass, you could very well die. I’m not a VA ginny pig!!!!

  3. Warren pafford June 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I can still do everything I was already doing before this so called “pandemic”. Serving in the military is fighting for all freedoms, medical as well. If a place of business or other establishment does not respect my medical privacy and freedom, they don’t deserve business or support from any freedom or privacy advocate.

  4. John Pyles June 3, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve had both of my shots, on Tuesday June 1st I was in my local Walmart in Luray va, and while there I came upon two people with no mask on but yet coughing their fool heads off , no hand over their mouths. no respect what so ever for other shoppers, this copied is not over by a long shot, people are letting their guard down again

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