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COVID-19 vaccines

VA Bedford is providing COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to all Veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers. We continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated.

Available at these locations

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital

COVID-19 vaccine clinic

We offer Pfizer and Janssen (J&J) COVID vaccines and booster shots by appointment only. The Pfizer vaccine is administered in two doses: the second dose 21 days after the first, and J&J is a single-dose vaccine. 

When you visit for your second dose or booster shot, please bring your CDC vaccination card. If you cannot find your card, we will give you a new one.

Free rides to COVID vaccine appointments

Veterans enrolled in VA Bedford Healthcare System are now eligible to receive free rides from VA’s Rideshare program to get to their scheduled COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointments, or for scheduled walk-in vaccination clinics. Ask about the Rideshare program when you book your appointment.

Location

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
200 Springs Road
Building 78, auditorium
Bedford, MA 01730
Vaccine appointment line: 781-687-4000; walk-ins are also welcome
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Federal holidays

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

We offer COVID vaccines at no cost to all Veterans, their spouses, their caregivers, and recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits, including adolescents ages 12 to 17. 

Spouses are those who are in a marriage, same-sex, or common-law marriage with a Veteran, or are a widow or widower of a Veteran. Caregivers are a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran or helps a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing or tasks like shopping or transportation. Adolescents ages 12 to 17 must receive 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 must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit www.va.gov/covidvaccine.

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 vaccine booster eligibility

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Pfizer COVID vaccine

We provide Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters (third doses) to Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers who received the Pfizer primary vaccine series at least six months ago and are 18 years or older.

We also provide the Pfizer vaccine as a third dose to moderately to severely immunocompromised Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers 18 and older who received the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days ago.

Janssen (J&J) COVID vaccine

For people who received a J&J COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated at least two months ago.

Update your vaccination records

If you got vaccinated outside VA, please use MyHeatheVet to notify your primary care provider or give them a call to have it documented in your records. You'll need the information off your CDC vaccination card.

Phone: 800-838-6331, option 2

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine records online

Find out how to get a copy of your VA COVID-19 vaccine records through the MyHeatheVet website or on your mobile device. You can also use your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card—or a photo of the card—as proof of vaccination.

COVID testing

We currently offer COVID testing to Veterans on a walk-in basis.  We are not able to offer testing to spouses, caregivers, nor children. 

Location

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
200 Springs Road
Testing tent outside building 78
Bedford, MA 01730
Walk-ins only
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Federal holidays

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