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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

Safe care is our mission. We provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, as well as, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients at no cost.

COVID-19 vaccines

People who can get a second booster

The CDC approved a second COVID-19 vaccine booster (Pfizer or Moderna) for the following people:

  • Anyone 50 years old and older.
  • Anyone 12 years old and older with moderate to severe immunocompromise.
  • Anyone 18 years old and older who has already received two doses of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).  

You can get the second booster 4 months after receiving the first booster of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Schedule your second booster

We're providing eligible Veterans a second booster with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

  • To schedule call 612-467-1100; the Call Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Veterans can also call their local VA Clinic or ask during a VA appointment.
  • We encourage Save Lives Act recipients to seek community vaccination.

Note: You're required to bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccine card if this is not your first dose. We will only accept the CDC COVID-19 vaccine card or a photograph of your CDC card.

CDC guidance – what does “up to date” mean

To find out if you're up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination status, visit "Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines". The recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status and when you first got vaccinated.

  • To schedule call 612-467-1100; the Call Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Veterans can also call their local VA Clinic or ask during a VA appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with moderate to severe immune compromise

CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose if they received either the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. CDC also recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive a booster dose at 3 months after their third dose. 

This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

For moderate to severely immunocompromised patients who received a Janssen (J&J) vaccine, you can get an mRNA vaccine 28 days later and then one booster 2 months later.

If you have questions about the level of your immune compromise and if getting additional doses is appropriate, please talk to your health care provider.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised Veterans can schedule vaccination appointments by calling 612-467-1100 (Call Center is open weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

Note: You're required to bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccine card if this is not your first dose. We will only accept the CDC COVID-19 vaccine card or a photograph of your CDC card.

Eligible adolescents age 12 to 17

Eligible adolescents ages 12 to 17 can get the Pfizer vaccine at Minneapolis VA. Adolescents are eligible if they meet either of these requirements:

  • They receive CHAMPVA benefits, or
  • They help provide care or assistance to a Veteran

The adolescent’s parent or legal guardian must come with them to get the vaccine. Both the adolescent and their parent or guardian must give their consent for the vaccine.

VA is not providing vaccines to adolescents aged 5 to 11.

SAVE LIVES Act

Congress has passed a law which allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Veterans
  • Spouse of a Veteran
  • Caregivers of a Veteran (12 and older)
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits (12 and older)

If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA you will need to wear a face mask, and physical distancing measures will be in place. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit: www.va.gov/covidvaccine.

Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.

If you have questions about getting vaccinated

Contact your health care provider if you have questions about if the vaccine is right for you. We encourage everyone to choose to be vaccinated. Vaccines will slow the spread of the virus, protecting you and your family, friends and neighbors. For more information, please visit CDC Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine records online

You can get your records from My HealtheVet with a Premium account. Follow these instructions. If you don't have a free, Premium My HealtheVet account, visit My HealtheVet to enroll. If you're unable to access your vaccination record through MyHealtheVet, please  contact the Minneapolis VA Medical Records Office.

COVID-19 testing

Minneapolis VA Health Care System offers COVID-19 testing to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Appointments are required. We are no longer performing walk-in COVID-19 testing without a provider evaluation. If you're interested in only being tested for COVID-19, please schedule your testing in advance by contacting us:

For the safety and convenience of all Veterans please visit your VA clinic only if you have an appointment.

Anyone can order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests at www.covid.gov/tests, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Order tests now so you have them when you need them. Learn more about COVID-19 testing at VA.

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