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Territorial Nurses Renewal Applications Due by Oct. 31

All packets must be received by Dec. 10 to ensure license approval and issuance by Jan. 1, 2022.

DOH: Special Event Approval Is Required for All Events, Including Halloween

The V.I. Department of Health also reminds the event planner that forms must be filled out entirely, and the entity that owns the property where the event is held must also sign the form. 

Organization Reminds Cancer Survivors and Patients of Its Financial Assistance Program

The benefits will be awarded based on the availability of funds and may be used to fully or partially cover payments for cancer-related prescription medication, diagnostic testing or CT scans.

Roach Reminds Residents of Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period

Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq. advises all Medicare beneficiaries and persons newly eligible for Medicare that the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

Health Department Makes Temporary Time Changes to Vaccination Centers

DOH's Community Vaccination Centers on St. Croix and St. Thomas will be closed on Oct. 11 in observance of Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day.

Encarnacion Joins Association of State and Territorial Board of Directors

Earlier this year, newly inducted members of the board of directors were selected. Among this esteemed group was Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

Health Department Reminds Public of $250 Vaccine Gift Card Incentive Rules

Gift cards valued at $250 are being distributed to individuals who meet the following criteria.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Period Opens on October 15

Medicare beneficiaries are able to join or drop their prescription drug plan by the scheduled December deadline.

Self-Care All the More Important During Pandemic Stress in the USVI

With the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 here in the US Virgin Islands, “self-care” is essential.

JFL Becomes First USVI Hospital to Adopt Prolacta Protocol for Extremely Premature NICU Babies

This 100% human milk-based nutritional supplement is proven to reduce complications and improve health outcomes, as opposed to cow milk-based.

Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School Returns to Virtual Learning Sept. 9 and 10

School and district officials were informed of the exposures by the V.I. Department of Health on Sept. 8. An announcement will be made on when the campus will reopen for in-person learning.

Medicare to Cover Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised People

The V.I. Department of Health reminds the public that the third dose, which is only for immunocompromised individuals, must be administered at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Children’s Museum/ DOH to Distribute ‘At Home Discovery Kits’ That Measure Kids’ Mental Health

This At Home Discovery Kit is designed to help recipients support their children’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral well-being.

Department of Health Announces New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Anyone 12 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine by walking into any of the vaccination centers in both districts.

Plaskett: FCC Gives $345,000 to JFL, VI Healthcare Foundation for Telehealth

“The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports the efforts of health care providers ... by providing reimbursement for telecommunication services, information services and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth during the ... pandemic.

VA Caribbean Healthcare System Welcomes Governor Bryan

Carlos R. Escobar, executive director of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, welcomed Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and staff to the VA Medical Center in San Juan, P.R., to further develop an alliance with the U.S. territories.

Schneider Regional Medical Center Launches New Drive-up COVID Testing Site

No physician referral or appointment is required. Visitors are asked to pre-register online.

John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility Is Clear of Active COVID-19 Cases

Staff members who are vaccinated have submitted their proof of vaccination, and those who are still unvaccinated will be required to show weekly proof of a COVID-19 negative test.

Department of Health Expands Drive-thru Testing Schedule

Testing will be conducted drive-thru style from 9 a.m. to noon at the Charles Harwood Complex and from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital by appointment only.

DOE Suspends Feeding Initiative Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases Among Food Service Workers

The V.I. Department of Education is suspending the "No V.I. Child Goes Hungry" feeding initiative" in the St. Thomas-St. John District until further notice.

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