We provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as well as their spouses and caregivers. We also provide vaccines to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) recipients and VA staff.
Latest on booster shots and third doses
We follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on booster shots and third doses:
- We now offer a third vaccine dose only to certain groups of people with weakened immune systems.
We can't provide booster shots yet. The advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended authorizing a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people age 65 years and older and those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The committee recommends that these individuals receive a booster dose six or more months after they’ve had their second Pfizer-BioNTech dose.
Final CDC guidance may come by the end of this week and is required before we can provide booster shots at VA. Check back soon for updates. Once fully approved, we will require appointments be made for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster doses and will provide information here on who is eligible to schedule appointments. Learn more about booster shots and additional doses.
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:
- 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.
Note: 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.
COVID-19 vaccine third doses
Third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are different than booster doses. A third dose is for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first 2 doses. A booster shot is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time.
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
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
People who have questions about the level of their immune compromise should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. Read COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People for CDC’s clinical considerations for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
We’re offering third doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible immunocompromised individuals. Moderately to severely immunocompromised Veterans (and other persons, including Veteran spouses and caregivers, eligible for COVID-19 vaccination at the VA through the Saves Lives Act) are invited to walk-in Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to receive a third dose at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, in the second-floor atrium, room 2P.
We are also contacting eligible individuals to schedule an appointment for their third dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility will be based on considerations outlined by the CDC.
This page is updated frequently as information is available. Our Call Center is experiencing high call volumes, please refrain from calling to ask about third dose or booster availability. Sign up for our "stay informed" tool to receive the most up to date information about COVID-19 vaccine at Minneapolis VA.
Appointments and walk-ins for first and second doses
- Enrolled Veterans: schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointments by calling 612-467-1100 (Call Center is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), or you may walk-in without an appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Non-enrolled Veterans, Veteran Spouses, Veteran Caregivers (12 and older), and ChampVA beneficiaries (12 and older): complete the Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA tool before your appointment or walk-in. Schedule your vaccination appointments by calling 612-467-1100 (Call Center is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Walk-in without an appointment Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or join your Veteran for their scheduled appointment and receive the vaccine (note: your Veteran does not have to be present for you to get vaccinated).
Eligible adolescents age 12 to 17
Eligible adolescents ages 12 to 17 can now get a Pfizer-BioNTech 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.
COVID-19 vaccine booster doses
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are currently not authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We will provide COVID-19 vaccine boosters if they are authorized by the FDA and if they are recommended by the CDC.
If authorized, we will post scheduling information on this website and on social media for eligible Veterans and those covered under the Save Lives Act about when they can make a booster dose appointment. We will not be accepting walk-ins for booster doses. Read about the difference between third doses and booster shots.
Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA so we can let you know if a booster is available for you. Our Call Center is experiencing high call volumes, please refrain from calling to ask about booster availability.
Please note: you must bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccine card to your booster appointment. Only the CDC COVID-19 vaccine card will be accepted at this time.
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.
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