COVID-19

VPAS Service Modifications and Facility Closings

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all VPAS offices and senior centers are closed to the public until further notice.  Additionally, all VPAS programs, including health and wellness workshops, are being held in a virtual format.  Please check our events page for the schedule, stay safe and visit this page for guidelines on coronavirus and older adults.

VPAS services including Meals on Wheels, case management, senior transportation, caregiver support, and Medicare counseling will continue with modifications for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the older adults we serve. Read about the complete listing of these changes.

***UPDATE: While many non-essential businesses are beginning to open, VPAS senior centers will remain closed to ensure the health and safety of our members.  


Vaccine Scams

An important message from the Senior Medicare Patrol...as the COVID-19 vaccines start to roll out, scammers start to take advantage. Though we’ve only seen one COVID-19 vaccine scam at this point, we know that this this type of fraud will move very quickly, very soon, and will take many forms. Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and we anticipate that they will leverage the pending COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries. At this point, it is essential to be aware of likely schemes.
 
  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
  • If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.

 


Older Adults are at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. 


Guidance on COVID-19 for Caregivers

 

 

 


Medicare Fraud Related to Coronavirus is Rising