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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

VA Boston offers COVID-19 testing and vaccination on demand for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care.

COVID-19 vaccination

VA Boston Healthcare System offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Veterans enrolled in VA health care at our flu-shot clinics. 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. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 testing

We offer free COVID-19 diagnostic lab tests for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care.  Just request an  appointment in any of these three ways: 

If you have any symptoms that could be COVID-19, please call ahead and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while you’re in a VA health facility.

Other ways to get self-test kits:

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.
Jamaica Plain Campus West Roxbury Campus Brockton Campus Urgent Care Emergency Department Urgent Care M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 24/7 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

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: