The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine. VA will have a limited amount of this vaccine to start. We’ve worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.
Under this plan, we’ll first offer vaccines to these 2 groups:
- Veterans living in our long-term care facilities, and
- VA health care personnel. Vaccinating our high-risk VA health care personnel helps us continue providing care for Veterans.
We based this plan on these criteria from CDC guidelines:
- Risk of becoming infected with the virus
- Risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19
- Risk of spreading the virus to others
- Risk of harm to society if essential workers, including health care personnel, are unable to work
After the first 2 groups, we’ll begin to offer vaccines to more Veterans who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Your VA health care team will contact you if you’re eligible to get a vaccine during this time.
To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit our vaccine information page.
Locations where you can obtain the COVID-19 Vaccine:
NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY! WE ARE ACCEPTING WALK-INS.
- LOCATION: San Juan VA Medical Center, OPA 2nd Floor next to Audiology Clinic
- HOURS: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm
- CONTACT: 787-641-7582, Ext. 126174
- Mayaguez | Monday-Friday | 7:30am-4pm | Ext. 248038 (Walk In & Appointment)
- Ponce | Monday - Friday | 7:30am-4pm | Ext. 244218, 244117 (Walk In & Appointment)
- Guayama | Thursdays | 12:30pm-3pm | Ext. 228001, 228002, 228005 (By Appointment)
- Arecibo | Wednesday | 1pm-4pm | Ext. 228652, 228655, 228680, 228678 (By Appointment)
- Ceiba | Thursday | 12:30pm- 3pm 229012, 229033, 229030, 229001, 229003, 229028 (By Appointment)
- If you have not yet gotten a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, now’s the time to get that done. Current vaccines work against the Omicron and other variants, especially for people who get their booster shots. Learn more about vaccine availability at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
- If you are vaccinated, or have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection, you may still get the COVID-19 Omicron variant infection. Your illness may be mild or you could have no symptoms at all; however, you can infect others. That’s why it’s still important to mask in indoor settings, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and get tested if you have symptoms.
Doing these simple things will help control the spread of Omicron and other variants that are circulating in our communities. Your safe care is our mission!