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.
Recent Guidance from the Central Shenandoah Health District
Omicron is a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Omicron variant has been detected in a growing number of countries, including the U.S.
What do we know that can help us stay safe?
The best way to prevent the spread of this new variant or any other variant is to get vaccinated, get a booster if you are eligible, and to wear a mask in indoor public settings or in a crowded environment. In most places, masking is also required for air, train and bus travel and other forms of public transportation.
Read more about booster shots.
- 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
- Help Protect older adults from COVID-19 scams
- Tipsheet on COVID-19 Medicare Fraud
- Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam