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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

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

Remember to bring your CDC vaccine card when receiving your booster

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 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 5 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

The CDC advises that it is safe 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.

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

NOTE: Martinsburg VA Health Care currently offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J/Janssen) 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.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

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

Vaccination Schedule at Medical Center

Enrolled Veterans who meet these requirements for a booster will need to schedule an appointment by calling our COVID-19 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 (spouse, caregiver, or CHAMPVA recipient) must first visit: Sign up for a vaccine.

The CDC advises that it is safe 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.

COVID-19 Testing

All Veterans needing COVID-19 testing should report to the Emergency Department. Veterans seeking health evaluations should contact their Primary Care team by telephone for assistance. Any Veteran that feels they need emergency care should proceed directly to the Emergency Department. All Veteran patients scheduled at the FORT or who have been directed there for lab testing, please proceed to the second-floor lab in the main medical center. If Veteran patients arrive to the lab after 3:30 p.m., the door will be closed, but there is a bell to ring for assistance.