COVID-19 vaccines and testing
Those who are eligible to receive their COVID-19 Vaccine or Boosters are encouraged to call 352-548-6000 ext. 103755 to schedule an appointment. No appointment needed clinics are also available. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with you. Testing is also available via appointment.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Booster
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is offering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization. This decision follows the FDA authorization and CDC recommendation.
(At this time, the NF/SGVHS is not administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents under the age of 18. Caregivers of Veterans who are under the age of 18 are encouraged to visit the CDC COVID-19 vaccine locator page https://www.vaccines.gov/ to locate a vaccination site.)
See COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Schedule below
Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
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, NF/SGVHS is offering PfizerNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines boosters under Emergency Use Authorization.
- For those who completed a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least 5 months after their second dose:
- All Adults 18+
The CDC has approved a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
The NF/SGVHS’s is now offering second boosters to some individuals (with a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine) if you are:
- 50 years of age or older and your first booster dose was at least 4 months ago.
- Moderate to severely immune compromised and your first booster dose was at least 4 months ago (for some people, this will be a 5th dose).
- 4 months out from a booster dose and had Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine for both your initial vaccine and your booster.
North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System is offering COVID-19 VACCINES and BOOSTERS, as supplies allow to:
- All Veterans (anyone who served in the military regardless of character of discharge)
- Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
- Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits.
- VA Employees
In addition, the health system is providing 3rd Dose Vaccines of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines AND meet CDC's definition of moderate to severe immune compromised. This includes:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., >20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
COVID-19 Operational Plan, Safety Precautions & Visitation
North Florida/ South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS) continues to get back to the business of serving Veterans. As more Veterans, family members, and caregivers receive the COIVD-19 vaccines- and communities across the country experience decreasing in COVID-19 cases- a new normal is emerging for our health system that includes blending in-person and telehealth services.
Safety is ingrained in our culture and the foundation of everything we do. We have updated our safety measures to guarantee that Veterans have the best experience while visiting one of our health facilities while continue to ensure we mitigate risk of COVID-19 in our local communities.
Effective immediately the following changes have been made to our safety precautions:
1. All clinical services (Primary Care, Mental Health, and Specialty Care) are at 100% capacity for face-to-face appointments. Virtual/Connected Care options are available as clinically appropriate and/or Veteran’s preference.
-COVID/Isolation Patients: Visitation restricted.
-Acute/Critical Care Visitation for Non-COVID Patients: No restrictions
-Community Living Center (CLC) Visitation: Gainesville and Lake City CLCs are permitted to one visitor at a time on designated days by appointment only. CLC visitors will need to contact staff of the unit for schedule. Visitors must have a negative antigen rapid test prior to the scheduled visit. The test will be conducted on-site at the CLC.
-End of Life Visitation: No restrictions
-Visitors for Outpatient Appointments: No restrictions
3. Volunteers that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are welcomed back into NF/SGVHS operations. Learn how to become a volunteer here.
Our safety measures for physical distancing and appropriate personal protective attire- including face mask for inside areas- will remain in place at all of our facilities as services continue to expand.
COVID-19 Testing | Appointment required
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System offers COVID-19 testing to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Appointments are required. Veterans can CALL 352-548-6000 ext. 103755 to schedule an appointment.
‘At home’ testing kits can also be obtained from www.COVIDtests.gov