COVID-19 Safety Measures and Information
In Case of Emergency: If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or visit an emergency room closest to you. All urgent and emergency care options are open for in-person care, including mental health care.
Bivalent COVID Vaccine Boosters
In accordance with the new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Birmingham VA is now only offering the updated bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations. The original (monovalent) mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer recommended for use in the United States.
CDC simplified its COVID-19 vaccine recommendations and allows more flexibility for people at higher risk who want the option of added protection from additional COVID-19 doses.
Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines reduces the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
The CDC’s updated recommendations include:
Individuals 65 years and older who already received one updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine dose may receive an additional updated vaccine dose at least four months following their first updated dose.
Individuals who are immunocompromised may receive an additional dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine at least two months following their first updated dose. Additional doses may be recommended by their health care provider.
Unvaccinated individuals 6 years and older may now receive a single dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine and be up to date, regardless of whether they previously competed their (monovalent) primary series.
Individuals 6 years and older who have already received an updated mRNA vaccine do not need to take any action unless they are 65 years or older or immunocompromised.
VA continues to offer the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for people unable or prefer not to receive an updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are available for VA employees and Veterans receiving care at VA at no cost. VA is open for appointments and many sites accept walk-ins during hours when vaccine clinics are operational. All persons coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine should bring their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card with them.
Contact your primary care PACT team or your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns or wish to schedule an appointment.
Where and when can I get Bivalent COVID Vaccine Booster?
If you are a Veteran, spouse, caregiver, or a VA employee, you can come to either of our two locations to get the Pfizer bivalent COVID booster.
- Birmingham VA Annex, 2415 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233 on Mondays through Fridays, 0800-3:00 PM, starting on September 21, 2022.
- Huntsville CBOC, 500 Markaview Drive, Huntsville AL 35805 starting later this month.