COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


COVID-19 Vaccines

VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA.

We are working to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as quickly as possible.

Easier access to vaccines and more people eligible

VA is adding walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at all VA facilities and outpatient clinics that offer COVID-19 vaccines. Please check hours for vaccination clinics.

Congress has passed a law which allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Veterans
  • Spouse of a Veteran
  • Caregivers of a Veteran
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA you will need to wear a face mask, and physical distancing measures will be in place. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit:

Note: Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.

COVID-19 Vaccines for VAPAHCS Veterans

VA Palo Alto Health Care System is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans enrolled in VA care, regardless of their age or health condition.

Under the new SAVE LIVES Act, we are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine to fall within the following categories:

  • Anyone who ever JOINED the military, regardless of time in service, regardless of active duty status, regardless of character of discharge
  • All National Guardsmen and Reservists (Title 10 & Title 38) from all branches of service
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans or of those in any of the above mentioned eligibility criteria
  • Caregivers of Veterans - defined as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may be those who help with personal needs and tasks like:
    - Feeding
    - Bathing
    - Dressing
    - Shopping
    - Transportation
  • Recipients of CHAMPVA benefits.

Important: This expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires us to continue to prioritize vaccinations and health care delivery for Veterans enrolled in VA care. All vaccine recipients must meet CDC age requirements.

How will I be contacted about getting the vaccine?

We are currently offering COVID vaccinations by appointment only. You can receive the following vaccines at these sites:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: Palo Alto and Livermore Divisions
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Stockton and San Jose Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine: Modesto, Monterey, and Sonora CBOCs

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Veterans should not come into our VA facility looking to receive a vaccine without an appointment. When you call to schedule your vaccine appointment, you will be provided details about where to go on campus to get your vaccine.

Can I contact you to schedule?

Enrolled Veterans can give us a call Monday – Friday, at (650) 496-2535, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to be scheduled for an appointment.

Those who fall under the SAVE LIVES Act should use our Keep Me Informed tool to register. This method is the fastest way to get you registered in our system and schedule your appointment. Our staff will reach out to you once your registration is processed!

I have a specific medical condition and don’t know if it’s a good idea for me to be vaccinated. Who should I ask?

If you have a question about your personal medical history, please communicate with your primary care provider. You can also learn quite a bit about the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine at our Keep Me Informed tool.

In the meantime, what can I do to fight COVID-19?

Keep up the 3W’s!

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
  • Wash hands frequently

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info


  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-455-0057

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available