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Martinsburg VA Medical Center Expands Offering of COVID-19 Booster Shots

PRESS RELEASE

November 8, 2021

Martinsburg , WV — Effective Nov. 15, the Martinsburg VA Medical Center is now offering Veterans and employees the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine booster shots.

The safety and care of Veterans and our workforce are top priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Effective Nov. 15, the Martinsburg VA Medical Center is now offering Veterans and employees the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine booster shots.

“Vaccines remain the best way of protecting Veterans, staff and the community against COVID-19,” said Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Zapor. “The expanded FDA and CDC recommendations regarding booster shots allow us to better protect those at higher risk, as well as our community at large.”

This decision follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for a booster dose of the Moderna or J&J vaccine:

For those who completed a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least six months after their second dose:

 

  • For those who had a J&J COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated at least two months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

While the initial series of vaccines remain highly effective in reducing the likelihood of infection and preventing severe illness, hospitalization or death among those infected, the purpose of this booster shot is to “boost” antibody protection when it has decreased over time.

VA is also offering the booster to Veterans, their spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits. The Save Lives Act authorizes VA to offer vaccine to Veterans not traditionally eligible for VHA care, and others including spouses and caregivers of Veterans.

Beginning Nov. 8 Veterans who received a COVID-19 vaccine will need to schedule an appointment by calling our COVID Vaccine Call Center at 304-579-2550 (press 1), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those who received a vaccine under authorization of the SAVE LIVES Act and are due for a booster shot may do so in VA if supply permits and should consult with their physician if they have questions about whether they should receive a booster.

CDC advises that it is safe for people to get both the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time. Veterans receiving care at VA who wish to get a booster shot can get both shots together during the same visit.

Visit VA’s Questions webpage for questions and answers regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Media contacts

Sarah Tolstyka, Public Affairs Officer

304-263-0811Ext. 4013/3812

sarah.tolstyka@va.gov

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