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COVID-19 vaccines at VA

All Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Find out how to get your vaccine. And get the latest VA vaccine updates and answers to common questions.


How to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA

Here’s how to get your vaccine at a VA health facility near you:

  • Go to the facility's vaccine clinic during walk-in hours. Be sure to check the walk-in hours before you go. When you arrive, you may need to wait for the staff to prepare your vaccine.
  • Or call the facility to schedule an appointment. Our staff will help you find a time that’s convenient for you.

Here’s what to know before you arrive:

  • If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least 1 hour before you go to a walk-in clinic. This will save you time when you arrive.
    Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA
  • Everyone who enters a VA facility must wear a mask and complete our COVID-19 symptom screening.

Find VA facilities near you that offer COVID-19 vaccines

Not ready to get your vaccine yet?

You can sign up online to stay informed about your vaccine options. We'll send you updates about our vaccine plans and other helpful information. 

Sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines at VA


Who can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA

Many VA health facilities and clinics now offer COVID-19 vaccines to these groups:

  • All Veterans 
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation. 
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

If you have questions about getting a vaccine at VA:

•    Read frequently asked questions
•    If you don’t find your answer, call the MyVA411 main information line at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711).


Basic information about getting your vaccine at VA

Where vaccines are offered

We offer COVID-19 vaccines at many VA health facilities and clinics.

Find your nearest VA facility that offers COVID-19 vaccines

Urgent care locations and retail pharmacies in our community care network also offer COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans. These locations follow their local, state, or territory vaccine plans. Veterans don’t receive priority over others seeking vaccines at these locations.

If you’re enrolled in VA health care and you go to a community care location to get a COVID-19 vaccine, download our pharmacy billing flyer (PDF). Show the card to the provider before you get your vaccine.

Learn more about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine from a community provider

We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you. 

Find other vaccine providers near you on the CDC vaccine finder website

Vaccine safety

Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes a vaccine for use, they carefully review the available safety data and clinical trial results for that vaccine. Scientists studied the 3 authorized COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of people in clinical trials. 

Millions of people in the United States have now received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. Many people have reported only mild side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Serious side effects are rare.

A small number of people have had a severe allergic reaction (called “anaphylaxis”) after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. But this is rare. After you get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA, we’ll monitor you for 15 to 30 minutes. If you do have a reaction, we have medicines to effectively treat it right away.

An update on the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine

We continue to follow guidance from the CDC and FDA.

When a very small number of people who received the Janssen vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots, CDC and FDA experts recommended a pause in providing this vaccine. They did this to give them time to study the issue. They then carefully reviewed these cases and all available data. Based on this review, they're confident that this vaccine is safe for use and works well to prevent COVID-19.

The available data shows:

  • The vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks.
  • The chance of blood clots after getting this vaccine is very low. About 7 of every 1 million women between the ages of 18 and 49 who have received this vaccine have experienced these blood clots. For women who are 50 years or old, and men of all ages, they’re even more rare.
  • Women younger than 50 years old should be aware of their increased risk for these rare blood clots. 

If we offer you the Janssen vaccine, we'll give you information about the potential risks and benefits. This includes the rare risk of blood clots. We'll also tell you about your other vaccine options. If you have questions about this vaccine, contact your primary health care provider.

Send a secure message to your VA provider to ask about COVID-19 vaccines

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets:

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets:

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet:

 
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