COVID-19 vaccines and testing
We offer a COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers at no cost. Enrolled Veterans with COVID-19 symptoms can get a PCR test using drive-through lanes at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora and PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic in Colorado Springs.
Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines now available
VA ECHCS is now offering the new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine booster. These hybrid boosters offer protection against both the original virus strain and the omicron variant. Request an appointment if it's been at least two months since you completed a primary vaccination series or got one of the original boosters (monovalent).
COVID-19 vaccinations in VA Eastern Colorado
Following FDA authorizations and CDC recommendations, VA ECHCS offers COVID-19 vaccinations to every eligible Veteran, as well as Veteran spouses and caregivers. We encourage you to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect you and your family and community.
While most of VA’s personnel are not pediatrically trained, we know many parents are trying to decide what is right for their child. Talk to a pediatrician or another trusted health care provider if you have questions about your child and the COVID-19 vaccine.
We offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora and PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic in Colorado Springs. Walk-in appointments are accepted at those locations from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Walk-ins are also welcomed Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at PFC James Dunn VA Clinic in Pueblo.
Keep in mind, walk-ins are dependent on each day's supply. While Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines are often available, scheduling ahead ensures a vaccine is available. Novavax is available by appointment only.
- Enrolled Veterans are Veterans of any age who are eligible and registered for VA health care and receiving their care at VA ECHCS. Enrolled Veterans can request a COVID-19 vaccine appointment by sending a secure message to their provider via My HealtheVet, or requesting an appointment during their next visit. They can also schedule through the 24/7 call center at 888-336-8262 or the VA Health Chat app, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you get a COVID-19 vaccination outside of VA, update your health care team with your latest vaccination status.
- Non enrolled Veterans may also request an appointment by phone at 888-336-8262. Shorter call center wait times may be experienced before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. To avoid delays at walk-in sites in Aurora and Colorado Springs, non enrolled Veterans, spouses and caregivers who’ve never received a COVID-19 vaccine from VA should first register online for a COVID-19 vaccine. Find out how to apply for VA health care benefits.
VA ECHCS offers ride-sharing services at no cost for COVID-19 vaccinations. To book a ride for your appointment, call 1-855-205-7325.
Your safe care is our mission. We want you to know that we have safety measures in place to protect you, other Veterans and our staff. Everyone who enters our facilities must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose and complete COVID-19 symptom screening.
COVID-19 vaccine boosters, additional doses
VA ECHCS follows FDA authorizations and CDC recommendations for additional doses and booster shots. When requesting either, be sure to bring your CDC vaccination card.
- An additional dose is for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We offer additional doses to people who have moderate to severe immunocompromise. This includes those with organ transplants and those diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have a similar level of immunocompromise. Data shows they are more at risk of serious, long-term illness from COVID-19. They may benefit from additional doses to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19.
- A booster shot is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time. We offer boosters to Veterans, spouses and caregivers who completed an initial COVID-19 series with Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, if they had their second dose at least five months ago. You can also request a booster if you received a J&J vaccine at least two months ago. CDC's recommendations allow a mix-and-match dosing for booster shots. Boosters are especially important if you are older or have multiple or severe medical conditions.
- A second booster shot with the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available to Veterans, spouses and caregiver who are 50 years of age or older and their first booster dose was at least four months ago, or anyone moderate to severely immune compromised and the first booster dose was at least four months ago (for some, this will be a fifth dose). Adults who had a J&J vaccine administered for both an initial vaccine and a booster are also eligible for a second booster four months or longer after the first booster, using Pfizer or Moderna.
COVID-19 PCR testing in VA Eastern Colorado
Testing can help us stop the spread of COVID-19, including the highly contagious omicron variant, which can present symptoms indistinguishable from the common cold. For a PCR test when symptomatic, the drive-through testing site outside Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center’s emergency entrance is available 7 days per week, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enrolled Veterans may also visit the drive-through site in the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic’s parking lot Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Veterans with immediate concerns about COVID-19 symptoms should seek urgent or emergency care.
COVID-19 rapid testing at home
While rapid COVID-19 antigen testing may be performed on asymptomatic patients prior to medical procedures, we do not administer drive-through or walk-in rapid antigen tests for Veterans. We offer drive-through PCR testing, which is more sensitive than rapid tests and recommended when symptomatic.
FDA-authorized home antigen test kits may be distributed to Veterans during upcoming visits to primary care, as a preventive measure. An at-home rapid antigen test can give you information about the risk of spreading the virus in case of symptoms or a high risk exposure. A positive self-test result means you are likely to have an infection and should stay home or isolate. A negative result means the virus was not detected and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected.
You can avoid counterfeit tests by verifying that your kits are FDA-cleared products and not on the FDA list of fraudulent COVID-19 products and companies.
Order tests now so you have them when you need them. Every household in the country can order four free at-home tests online via a USPS form at COVIDtests.gov, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).