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VA Plans to Vaccinate Health Workers, Veterans in Long-Term Care First

Over 190 VA locations tapped to administer COVID-19 vaccines and monitor side effects

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En español | The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added 128 locations to those that will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to its frontline health care workers and veterans residing in long-term care facilities.

Originally, only 37 VA medical centers offered the Pfizer vaccine because it had to be stored at extremely cold temperatures. However, with the authorization of the Moderna vaccine (which only requires regular refrigeration), additional VA medical centers and outpatient clinics are now able to provide vaccinations. So far, the VA has 195 facilities across the country offering vaccinations, and more are being added. (See a list of locations administering vaccines at the bottom of this page.)

As of Jan. 4, 2021, the VA provided vaccines to over 14,000 high-risk veterans and more than 132,000 of its health care workers.

These locations will closely monitor patients and staff for side effects, log the information in a vaccine tracking system and report that data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health care workers were selected to be among the first to get vaccinated because of their high risk of contracting and spreading the virus compared with other VA staff members and patients.


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As vaccine supplies increase, additional veterans will receive vaccinations based on age, existing health problems and other factors that increase the risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. The vaccines will be offered at no cost to all service members enrolled in VA health care, the agency said.

The VA acknowledged that during the initial rollout “many veterans will not be able to get a vaccine,” and it advised service members not to travel to a VA facility to seek one. Instead, the department said, it will contact veterans directly when a coronavirus vaccine is available for them, based on their individual risk factors. The vaccine is not available through the VA’s Community Care Network at this time.

Meanwhile, veterans can sign up to get updated information through the VA’s Keep Me Informed tool and visit its COVID-19 vaccination page.

How to Receive Updates From VA and Know When Your COVID Vaccine Is Ready

Veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care system will be contacted when a vaccine is ready for them. Meanwhile, there are a variety of ways to stay updated and to obtain information on the department’s vaccine rollout.

Sign up to receive periodic updates from the VA and to let representatives know about your desire to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This helps the department better prepare its vaccine distribution plans.

Visit the VA’s coronavirus FAQ page for answers to routine and nonurgent questions.

Message the VA coronavirus chatbot to get answers to your questions about COVID-19, VA benefits and services.

Call 800-myVA411 (800-698-2411) and press 8 to be connected to the VA Vaccine Hotline to ask questions about the vaccine or other coronavirus-related topics.

Note: VA call centers and health facilities are experiencing a high number of calls. To help prioritize the most urgent needs, the department asks veterans to use its online tools first.

"VA is well prepared and positioned to begin COVID-19 vaccinations,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a news statement. “Our ultimate goal is to offer it to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated."

'A Herculean effort’

The VA submitted an initial order for 73,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 122,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to be distributed.

“It is not an adequate amount,” Richard Stone, M.D., executive in charge at the VA’s Veterans Health Administration said at a Senate hearing before the vaccine's rollout. “This will be a long process for us to reach all 7 million veterans who we believe will want vaccinations from us, as well as all 400,000 employees at the agency.”

Since both vaccines require two doses delivered at different times, Stone said, the “tracking of the veteran and employee who receives them is going to be a Herculean effort.”

The VA anticipates receiving weekly distributions of vaccines, although it does not know how many doses will be in each delivery.

Vaccination options for Tricare members

The Department of Defense is prioritizing the distribution of vaccines to those who provide direct medical care, maintain essential national security and installation functions, deploying forces, and those at the highest risk for developing severe illness from the virus. After these initial groups are vaccinated, vaccines will become available for other beneficiaries in phases.

Right now, the COVID-19 vaccine is only available at certain locations throughout the U.S. and overseas. Later vaccines will be broadly available at:

Tricare says that it is working to ensure beneficiaries have no out-of-pocket costs. Meanwhile you can sign up for email alerts from Tricare here as more vaccine news becomes available.

VA locations administering COVID-19 vaccines

Alabama  

  • Birmingham VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Central Alabama VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Alaska

  • Anchorage VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Arizona

  • Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Phoenix VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Southern Arizona (Tucson) VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Arkansas

  • Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (Moderna)

California

  • Central California VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Livermore VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Loma Linda VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Long Beach VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Menlo Park VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Northern California VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Palo Alto (California) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • San Diego VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Colorado

  • Eastern Colorado VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Grand Junction VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Connecticut

  • West Haven Campus VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

District of Columbia

  • Washington D.C. VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

Delaware

  • Wilmington VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Florida

  • Bay Pines VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (Pfizer)
  • Lake Baldwin VA Outpatient Clinic (Pfizer)
  • Lake City VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Lee County VA Health Care Center (Moderna)
  • Miami VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • New Port Richey VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • North Florida/South Georgia Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Orlando VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • South Hillsborough VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • West Palm Beach VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • William “Bill” Kling VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • William V. Chappell, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • Viera VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)

Georgia

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Augusta (Georgia) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Hawaii

  • Pacific Islands (Honolulu) VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Idaho

  • Boise VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Illinois

  • Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (North Chicago) (Moderna)
  • Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital (Illinois) (Pfizer)
  • Jesse Brown (Chicago) VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Illiana (Danville) VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Marion VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Indiana

  • Indianapolis VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Marion VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Iowa

  • Central Iowa (Des Moines) VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Iowa City VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Kansas

  • Colmery–O’Neil VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Kentucky

  • Lexington (Kentucky) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Louisville VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Louisiana

  • Alexandria VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Southeast Louisiana VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

Maine

  • Maine VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Maryland

  • Baltimore VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Perry Point VA Medical Center (Pfizer)

Massachusetts

  • Bedford (Massachusetts) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Boston VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Northampton VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Michigan

  • Ann Arbor (Michigan) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Detroit VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Iron Mountain VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Saginaw VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Minnesota

  • Minneapolis (Minnesota) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • St. Cloud VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Mississippi

  • Gulf Coast VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Missouri

  • Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital (Pfizer)
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • St. Louis VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

Montana

  • Montana (Fort Harrison) VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Nebraska

  • Omaha VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

Nevada

  • Sierra Nevada (Reno) VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

New Hampshire

  • Manchester VA Medical Center (Moderna)

New Jersey

  • Lyons VA Medical Center (Moderna)

New Mexico

  • Raymond G. Murphy (Albuquerque) VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

New York

  • Albany VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Canandaigua VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Castle Point VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • New York Harbor Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Northport VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Western New York VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

North Carolina

  • Asheville VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Durham VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Fayetteville VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Greenville VA Health Care Center (Moderna)
  • Kernersville VA Health Care Center (Moderna)
  • Raeford Road VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • Salisbury VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • South Charlotte VA Health Care Center  (Moderna)
  • Wilmington VA Health Care Center (Moderna)

North Dakota

  • Fargo VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Ohio

  • Chillicothe VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Cleveland VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center (Moderna)
  • Dayton VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Oklahoma

  • Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (Pfizer)

Oregon

  • Portland VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Roseburg VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (White City) (Moderna)

Pennsylvania

  • Altoona VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Butler VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Coatesville VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Erie VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Lebanon VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Pittsburgh VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Puerto Rico

  • Caribbean VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Euripides Rubio VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)
  • Mayaguez VA Outpatient Clinic (Moderna)

South Carolina

  • Charleston VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Columbia VA Medical Center (Moderna)

South Dakota

  • Black Hills VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Sioux Falls VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Tennessee

  • Memphis VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Mountain Home VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Tennessee Valley VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Texas

  • Amarillo VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital (San Antonio, Texas) (Pfizer)
  • Central Texas VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Dallas VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • El Paso VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • Kerrville VA Hospital (Pfizer)
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Texas Valley Coastal VA Health Care System (Moderna)
  • West Texas (Big Spring) VA Health Care System (Moderna)      

Utah

  • Salt Lake City VA Health Care System (Moderna)

Vermont

  • White River Junction VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Virginia

  • Hampton VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Richmond VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Salem VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Washington

  • American Lake VA Medical Center (Pfizer)
  • Puget Sound VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Spokane VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Walla Walla VA Medical Center (Moderna)

West Virginia

  • Beckley VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Clarksburg VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Huntington VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Martinsburg VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Wisconsin

  • Madison VA Hospital (Moderna)
  • Milwaukee VA Health Care System (Pfizer)
  • Tomah VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Wyoming

  • Cheyenne VA Medical Center (Moderna)
  • Sheridan VA Medical Center (Moderna)

Editor’s note: This article, originally published Dec. 11, 2020, has been updated with the latest VA locations offering COVID-19 vaccines.

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