Houston VA has plenty of COVID vaccine and we are vaccinating Veterans of all ages (regardless of whether they are enrolled at the VA), their spouses and caregivers, as well as CHAMPVA beneficiaries.
Veterans: If you are asymptomatic, there is no need to walk into the Emergency Department to get tested for COVID-19. Your health and safety is our top priority. If you have COVID symptoms, call or email your provider for advice prior to walking in to get a test.
You can walk in without an appointment to get the vaccine at:
- Houston VA: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Building 108A (Just steps away from the main entrance.)
- Community Based Outpatient Clinics: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at: Beaumont, Conroe, Katy, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Richmond, Texas City, and Tomball.
- If you already have an appointment to get the vaccine, please keep your appointment.
- Individuals receiving a two-dose series of vaccinations will receive an appointment for their second vaccine dose when they check in to get the first dose.
COVID Booster Information
Nationally, VA is now offering boosters of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC recommends that individuals who completed an initial series with Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are eligible for a booster shot if they had their second dose at least six months ago and are: aged 65 years or older; 18 and older with underlying conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19, or at risk of institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19. The CDC also recommend that anyone 18 and older who received a J&J vaccine at least two months ago receive a COVID-19 booster shot.
MEDVAMC and eight of our CBOCs (Beaumont, Conroe, Katy, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Richmond, Texas City, and Tomball) are offering Pfizer booster shots on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. CDC’s recommendations now allow mix and match dosing for booster shots. Veterans who initially received the Moderna or J&J vaccine, can get Pfizer as the booster.
In addition to offering boosters Veterans receiving care at VA and VA employees, we are also offering boosters to all other eligible Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits. Eligible Veterans can also choose to get the booster shots in the community closer to their homes. Please bring your vaccine card with you when you get the booster dose.
VA continues masking requirement at all VA facilities nationally
Veteran and employee safety continue to be our top concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to require masks for everyone – Veterans, employees and visitors – entering a VA facility. This policy remains in place at all VA facilities even if state or local masking requirements change.
UPDATE JAN. 7, 2022: Houston VA will be issuing medical masks to all Veterans coming to appointments at our medical center or outpatient clinics. To protect the health and safety of our Veterans and staff, we are requiring medical masks for all who enter our facilities (the main hospital in Houston and all community outpatient clinics). No cloth masks, bandanas, neck gaiters, or masks with valves.
Remember: wear your mask properly over your mouth and nose, continue to physically distance, and wash your hands before and after taking off your mask!
Veterans can enter the enter the facility through the Main Entrance, the Spinal Cord Injury Entrance, and the Community Living Center Entrance, and will be screened. We are also continuing to practice physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and other safety measures for your, and our employees’, safety. Find out more about our visitation policy.
If you are hearing impaired and need to read lips, please let a VA employee know and we will accommodate your needs.
You can read more on the impact of masks on slowing the spread of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 Vaccines for Veterans
Research tells us that the Delta variant, which has caused many hospitalizations and deaths in India, spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. According to the CDC, there is additional concern that the medical treatments we are using to treat COVID-19 patients may be less effective against this variant. The Delta variant has rapidly spread and expanded in the Houston area.
Research also shows that COVID-19 vaccines offer good protection against the variants we know most about, and widespread vaccination can prevent unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations. We believe that the newer types of vaccines we have now are true “pandemic fighters” and, by design, are well suited to adding new “targets” to fight these variants.
If you are undecided about getting the vaccine and need more information to make a decision, check out our Vaccine Questions page, which includes videos, downloadable information and frequently asked question.
In the meantime, what can I do to fight COVID-19?
Be sure to get both doses of the vaccine if you received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for your first dose. The Delta variant most severely impacts those who are either unvaccinated or only received their first of two-dose vaccine series. If someone is late for their second dose, they should still get it. VA will provide the second doses to employees, Veterans, or anyone who qualifies under the Save Lives Act such as spouses and caregivers, no matter where they received their first dose, if that is more convenient.
Keep up the 3W’s! It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:
Wear a face covering
Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
Wash hands frequently