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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

Safe care is our mission. VA Erie Healthcare System offers the COVID-19 vaccine to ALL Veterans, Veteran spouses, caregivers of Veterans, and CHAMPVA recipients at no cost.

Bring CDC Vaccine Card when receiving booster vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information 

The health and safety or our Veterans and staff remain a top priority for VA. Vaccine remains the best way to protect everyone from serious illness. Protect yourself, your family, and your community by scheduling your appointment today. COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be effective in diminishing the spread of the virus within our communities.

Veterans are asked to bring their valid VA ID card with them and the CDC Vaccination Card.

Who is eligible for a booster?
Anyone age 18 or older who:
• Completed the Moderna or Pfizer series at least 6 months ago
• Received the Johnson & Johnson single dose at least 2 months ago

VA will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to those authorized under Save Lives Act recipients while supplies last. 

Why is a booster important? 
COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness fades over time.
• A booster will recharge your body’s ability to protect you from COVID-19!

For more information about the COVID-19 booster, visit CDC.gov

COVID-19 Second Booster

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance on March 29, 2022, to allow a second booster with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at least 4 months after a first booster of any authorized or approved vaccine to individuals: 

Second boosters are available to the following individuals: 

  • 50 years of age or older and your first booster or third dose was at least 4 months ago
  • Moderate to severely immune compromised and your first booster dose was at least 4 months ago (for some, this will be a 5th dose)
  • 4 months out from a booster dose and received Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine for both your initial vaccine and your booster

If you are an enrolled Veteran who received a vaccination outside of the VA, please report it to your primary care team.

NOTE: VA Erie Health Care currently offers Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

  • ALL Veterans - Veteran does not need to be enrolled in VA health care to receive COVID-19 vaccine
  • Spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans - For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, caregiver is defined as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran
  • CHAMPVA Benefits Recipients - Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when receiving the vaccine.

Mandatory masking remains in place for all individuals entering our facilities, regardless of vaccine status.

Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule your vaccine appointment today.
Upon arrival to the clinic, you may need to wait for staff to prepare your shot. Your patience is appreciated. 

If you remain undecided about the COVID-19 vaccine, click here to learn more about the importance of protecting yourself, family members, and the community. 

Vaccination Schedule at Medical Center and CBOCs

Clinic held every Wednesday; times vary based on location

Erie VA Medical Center 

NOTE: The Erie VAMC COVID-19 Clinic has moved to the Urgent Care Center (UCC), at the main facility. Please follow the signage to the UCC entrance. 

  • Appointment only | Clinic: Wednesday 
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

Ashtabula County CBOC

  • Appointment only  | Clinic: Wednesday 
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

Crawford County CBOC

  • Appointment only | Clinic: Wednesday 
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

McKean County CBOC

  • Appointment only | Clinic: Wednesday  
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

Venango County CBOC

  • Appointment only | Clinic: Wednesday
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

Warren County CBOC

  • Appointment only | Clinic: Wednesday
  • Call 814-868-8661, press 2 to schedule

 

COVID-19 Testing | Appointment required

Erie VAMC offers COVID-19 testing to Veterans enrolled in VA health care.

Appointments are required. Patience is appreciated while coordinating staff and accommodating previously scheduled appointments.

Veterans who have been exposed to COVID 19 and are seeking a test, we request that you wait at least 2 days – following the exposure – to be tested.

Please call 814-868-8661, press 2 for an appointment or call 1-800-274-8387 (toll free).

NOTE: COVID-19 Testing is conducted in the Behavioral Health Building. All patients are asked to enter using the North Side. Please do not use the main entrance. Enter the vaccine clinic using the side entrance facing the parking ramp.

COVID-19 Testing | At-home

COVID-19 home tests are available from the U.S. government. Order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at COVIDtests.gov, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Order tests now so you have them when you need them. 

VA's MyHealtheVet provides important information on testing for COVID-19 at home, including steps to take if you test positive. Read the article online at: COVID-19 Testing at Home - My HealtheVet (va.gov).