Annie Protocols


Once you are registered in Annie, you can choose from a number of protocols designed to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. The table below lists the current Annie protocols.

Protocol Name Name of the Health Message (to text in Annie) Protocol Description Protocol Duration Estimated weekly prompts

Annie Protocols

##COVID-19 Vaccination Support Protocol COVAC This protocol provides helpful information about the COVID19 vaccine including education on expected symptoms; when to call your care team about symptoms; links to VA and CDC resources; and multiple general reminders about receiving the second injection. This protocol is not specific to any one COVID-19 vaccine.                      30 days 7
Influenza Protocol^ver 2.1 MyFlu This protocol was developed to remind Veterans of the importance of vaccination to help protect themselves, friends and family members from influenza infection. It provides information on where Veterans can be vaccinated free of charge in their community pharmacies. 1-6 weeks 3
Coronavirus Precautions COVID This protocol helps Veterans monitor for viral symptoms and assist them with when they should contact care teams or nurse triage lines for additional care. Provides education on precautions to take to help prevent contraction of the Coronavirus. 2 months 10

Coping during COVID-19


This protocol helps Veterans who may struggle to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic while cut off from their in-person social support systems. Veterans receive motivational/educational messages designed to help decrease feelings of anxiety, anger, depression and isolation; and increase social connection and empowerment.

20 weeks 3
Tobacco Cessation Tobacco This protocol sends motivational messages to Veterans who are thinking about quitting, to help create a quit plan and set a quit date. 1 month 9
Weight Management Weight This protocol provides daily healthy living reminders to exercise, count calories, and measure weight. It includes daily educational messages for weight management. 1 month 25
Oncology Symptom Reporting Care This protocol allows Veterans with cancer and blood disorders to rate symptoms on a 0-10 scale at any time, on any day. Veterans receive advice texts based on their symptoms. Symptom reporting is linked to improved survival in cancer patients. 1 Year 5
Stress Management Stress This protocol helps Veterans learn more about stress and how it affects us, receive encouragement about how they are coping, and practice simple strategies to manage stress, including breathing exercises, strategies to help take a break, information on setting boundaries, and mindfulness techniques. 65 weeks 3
(Additional Annie Protocols)   There are a number of additional Annie protocols that focus on specific health conditions. To learn more about these protocols, contact your VA health care team and ask if there is one that is the right fit for you. Depends on the Protocol Depends on the Protocol

If you are interested in subscribing to any of these Annie Protocols, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Tell Annie you want to Subscribe

Send a text message to Annie with the word ‘Sub’ (short for Subscribe). If you are set up to interact with Annie using the Annie app, you will need to log in and go to the Messages tab to do this.

You must use the app and log in to self-register to Annie. You cannot self-register through text messaging.

Step 2: Select the Annie Protocol You Would Like to Use

Type the Name of the Health Message (see table above) for the Annie protocol you would like to use.

Step 3: Confirm Your Subscription

Annie will send you a series of instructional messages. When you are asked to confirm your subscription, type the word ‘Yes’.

Step 4: Set Your Time Preferences

Annie will provide you with a default time for receiving your self-care messages. Type ‘OK' to select the default time or type a new time in the following format: 8:30AM (including “AM” or “PM” with no spaces).

* As you are subscribing to your protocol, Annie may send you numerous text messages. This is designed to help ensure that your preferences are captured accurately.

Step 5: Confirmation

You will receive a final message from Annie confirming your subscription and preferred message time. No response is required.

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