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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

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.

Starting Thursday, May 12, VA Bedford will begin offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster to eligible Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, VA employees, and CHAMPVA recipients at the vaccine clinic by appointment. The vaccine clinic will offer the Moderna booster exclusively on Thursdays and the Pfizer booster exclusively on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance on March 29, 2022, to allow a second booster with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at least four months after a first booster of any authorized or approved vaccine for:

  • individuals at least 50 years of age
  • individuals with immune compromise, or
  • individuals of any age who received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 for their initial vaccine and booster dose.

Individuals who fall into one of the eligible categories for a second COVID vaccine booster may call the appointment line at 781-687-4000. Be sure to bring your CDC vaccination card with you to your scheduled appointment.

Available at these locations

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital

COVID-19 vaccine clinic

We offer the Pfizer COVID vaccine and Pfizer and Moderna first and second booster shots. The Pfizer primary vaccine series is administered in two doses: the second dose 21 days after the first. 

When you visit for your second dose or booster shots, you must bring your CDC vaccination card

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 lobby
Bedford, MA 01730
Vaccine appointment line: 781-687-4000
Hours: Wednesday through 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 first 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.

Second booster update

You can now get a second booster at least four months after your first booster if any of these descriptions are true for you:

  • You’re at least 50 years old, or

  • You had the Janssen (J&J) vaccine for both your primary vaccine and your booster, or

  • You’re moderately to severely immunocompromised

You can choose either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for your second booster.

Stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines

Staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Vaccines and boosters continue to protect against new forms of the coronavirus (like Omicron). If you’re eligible, come in for your COVID-19 booster, second booster, or additional dose now.

Learn when and how to get booster shots and additional doses

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 drive-up COVID testing to Veterans, no appointment required.  We are not able to offer testing to spouses, caregivers, nor children. Questions? Call 781-687-4000.

Location

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
200 Springs Road
Parking lot between buildings 2 and 10
Bedford, MA 01730
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Federal holidays.
Park in one of the spaces with the bright yellow signs and call the number on the sign

At home test kits

Order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at COVID.gov/tests, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Order tests now so you have them when you need them. Learn more about COVID-19 testing at VA.

Stay informed

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