Starting Nov. 1, 2021, the Cheyenne VA we be carrying Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines to offer boosters under Emergency Use Authorization. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose (Moderna or J&J. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. VA will offer booster vaccines to Veterans receiving care at VA and VA employees, and all other Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits.
Why should I get a booster shot?
The initial vaccine series remains effective in reducing the likelihood of infection and preventing severe illness, hospitalization, or death among those infected. The purpose of a booster is to “boost” antibody protection back up when it has decreased over time.
How do I schedule an appointment?
The Cheyenne VA Medical Center will offer a Drive-Through clinic beginning November 2, 2021 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Circle of Flags. Please bring your Vaccination Card.
A Walk-In clinic is available in Loveland on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thrusdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring your Vaccination Card.
You can also request an appointment at your facility for your booster shot whether you received your initial series at VA or outside of VA. Please note that there must be a minimum interval of six months between the second dose of your initial series and your booster shot if you received Pfizer or Moderna; and a minimum of two months if you had the J&J vaccine. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card! This is particularly important if your initial series was given outside of VA.
Can I get the flu shot at the same appointment as my COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes! Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone and can be given during your same visit for COVID-19 vaccination.
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.