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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized COVID-19 vaccines for initial vaccination and boosters. Our goal is to maximize vaccination of Veterans, spouses and caregivers, as well as VA employees and volunteers. VA Boston now offers COVID-19 testing on demand for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care, as well.

COVID-19 vaccination

If you are receiving a second, additional or booster dose, please bring your CDC Vaccine Card to show your vaccine record.

VA Boston now provides additional booster doses to eligible Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, VA employees, and CHAMPVA recipients at our walk-in vaccine clinics. 

A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals age 50 and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals age 18 and older with certain immunocompromise conditions. Ask your doctor for more information.

An additional booster dose of the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may also be administered to individuals ages 18-49 who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and first booster, at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose was received.

The schedule below starts Wednesday, July 6, 2022.*

COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics for Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, VA employees and CHAMPVA recipients
Brockton Campus Jamaica Plain Campus West Roxbury Campus
Brockton Campus Wednesdays Jamaica Plain Campus Mondays West Roxbury Campus Fridays
Brockton Campus 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jamaica Plain Campus 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. West Roxbury Campus 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brockton Campus Building 3, Conference Room A227 Jamaica Plain Campus Primary Care Area, 2nd Floor, Room F2-04 West Roxbury Campus Building 3, Bignami Conference Room 2B-100

* Vaccine clinics are closed during all federal holidays.

First boosters are available for adults whose last Moderna or Pfizer vaccine was more than 5 months ago or 2 months ago for the J&J / Janssen vaccine. Full 3rd dose is only for individuals who are immunocompromised. More information on additional doses for immunocompromised people is available at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Please note that walk-in vaccination clinics are first come, first served, and participants will be offered a vaccine based on clinical need and inventory.

 Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, VA employees, and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act (SLA) must have eligibility established. For faster service at the clinic, you may preregister by visiting https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/sign-up/introduction.

Screening, approved masks and physical distancing are still required at our facilities.

If you have additional questions about getting an additional dose / booster of COVID-19 vaccine, please ask your primary care provider. VA Boston HCS patients can call 800-865-3384 and press 3, or message their primary care team through MyHealtheVet.

You may also be able to get your vaccination from a VA Community Care Network (CCN) provider, including Costco, CVS, Kroger, Safeway, Walmart, Wegmans and more...

COVID-19 testing

There is no medical evaluation or treatment provided by the testing clinics. If you have mild symptoms and are concerned about COVID-19 infection, we can provide a test with instructions for follow-up as needed. 

COVID testing site locations and hours*
Jamaica Plain Campus West Roxbury Campus Brockton Campus
Jamaica Plain Campus Ambulatory Care Entrance, Room F1-04, Lobby Conference Room West Roxbury Campus Building 2, Entrance/Vestibule Brockton Campus Building 22, Room 223
Jamaica Plain Campus M-F, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. West Roxbury Campus M-F, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brockton Campus M-F, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Pease note that testing sites are closed during federal holidays.

Normally, test results will be available in 24-48 hours. We will contact you with the results. You can also find your results in your My HealtheVet account under Labs + Tests. If you have not been contacted with your results within 48 hours, please call the Clinical Contact Center at 800-865-3384Please note that COVID-19 testing is currently only available for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care. Spouses and caregivers are not eligible for COVID-19 testing from VA at this time.

Additionally, now anyone can order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at https://www.covid.gov/tests, or by calling 800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489). Order tests now so you have them when you need them.

It is common to experience the following symptoms during COVID-19 infection:

  • Cough
  • Fever and/or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of sense of taste and/or smell

If you are sick:

  • Stay home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself by resting at home and drinking non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you are feeling ill AND wish to be evaluated urgently, please visit Urgent Care during normal business hours.
Urgent care normal business hours
Jamaica Plain Campus West Roxbury Campus Brockton Campus
Jamaica Plain Campus Urgent Care West Roxbury Campus Emergency Department Brockton Campus Urgent Care
Jamaica Plain Campus M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. West Roxbury Campus 24/7 Brockton Campus 24/7

If you wish to be seen outside of Urgent Care hours, please go to the VA West Roxbury Emergency Department, VA Brockton Urgent Care, or a VA Community Care Network (CCN) urgent care clinic. Find a VA CCN urgent care clinic near you at https://www.va.gov/find-locations.

Warning Signs (call 911 or get seen in your local emergency/urgent care facility as soon as possible):

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in your chest that does not go away
  • Feeling confused
  • Unable to stay awake or to wake up
  • Having pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

For questions, please call the Clinical Contact Center at 800-865-3384.

For those not enrolled in VA health care, Boston Public Health lists outside test providers at: https://www.boston.gov/government/cabinets/public-health-commission/covid-19-testing-sites