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COVID-19 vaccines

The Madison VA is currently offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans. We have appointments available at our main hospital and all of our Community Based Outpatient Clinics. 

Booster Eligibility and Scheduling

If you have never been vaccinated for COVID 19 you may receive two doses of the Moderna Bivalent Vaccine. If you have received one or two doses of the previous monovalent Moderna or Pfizer Vaccine (this would have been prior to April 2023), you may receive one dose of the new Bivalent Moderna Vaccine. Only those that are over 65 years of ago or are moderately to severely immunocompromised may receive more than one dose of the Bivalent Moderna Vaccine.  Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive; however, the vaccine available in Madison is Moderna. Please see the CDC’s information regarding immunization schedules: Clinical Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC.  We invite you to call the Vaccine Scheduling Line at 608-280-2160 to schedule an appointment for a Moderna Bivalent Vaccine. We have appointments available at the Main Hospital and Outpatient Clinics.

COVID-19 Vaccines at the Madison VA

The VA Madison Healthcare system currently offers the Moderna Bivalent vaccine.  Veterans can call the Vaccine Scheduling Line at 608-280-2160 to make an appointment right away.  We have appointments available at our main hospital and all of our Community Based Outpatient Clinics. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Q and A

VA is strongly encouraging all Veterans to consider the benefits of vaccination.  While we have some treatments that may help reduce the effects of COVID-19, a vaccine prevents people from becoming infected with the virus and this is the best way to slow or stop the spread of the virus.

Below are frequently asked questions and answers, we share them to help educate all Veterans with the most current information we have on vaccination.

  1. Are Vaccines Safe?: The process that FDA uses for identifying safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is rigorous and robust. No short cuts were taken in assessing the safety of these vaccines.  
  2. I am not worried about COVID-19, why should I get vaccinated?  Even if you are not worried about your own health, your vaccination will help stop the spread of COVID-19 in  your community.  Each additional vaccination assists in stopping the spread of the virus and helps us get back to normal life.  Even if you are not personally worried about COVID 19, you can be part of the solution to protect your family, your community, your fellow Veterans and your Country!
  3. Can I get COVID-19 from the Vaccine?  No, the vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means the vaccines cannot give you COVID-19.
  4. I have already had COVID-19, I am already immune to infection?  We do not know how long immunity lasts after getting COVID-19, so it is still important to get vaccinated. We recommend waiting 90 days after you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to get a vaccination.

Vaccines are an important tool in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic and as we work to stop the pandemic, we need to use all tools such as masking, handwashing, social distancing and vaccination.