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

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. Congress has passed a new law that allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more people. VA is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities have enough 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

The best way to stay informed is to sign up to tell us you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Your local VA facility will then contact you when they have a vaccine for you.

For your continued health and safety during this pandemic, please don't come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment unless you are coming to a specific scheduled event such as a walk-in clinic or drive-through clinic that does not require an appointment.

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

VAPAHCS is proud to announce that as of April 7, 2021, we have administered more than 44,000 vaccine doses to Veterans and staff. This number includes first and second doses.

Who is getting the vaccine now?

Veterans enrolled in VA care are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 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

Location

  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-455-0057

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available