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COVID-19 vaccines

The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients. We offer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act. Adolescents must have a parent or legal guardian present.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA Northern California

  • Veterans
  • Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Veterans: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we are including spouses of same-sex and common-law marriages. Eligibility includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If an individual characterizes his or her relationship as spousal, he or she can receive the vaccine.
  • Caregivers of a Veteran: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation. A person stating that they are the caregiver of a Veteran and giving the Veteran’s name is sufficient to give him or her a vaccine.
  • CHAMPVA Recipients
  • Adolescents ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act, who will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  Please call 1-800-382-8387 and select option 8, to see if doses for adolescents are being offered at your preferred location.

The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to prioritize Veterans enrolled in VA care.

VA NorCal is offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Veterans, VA employees, CHAMPVA recipients, and those eligible for COVID-19 vaccines under the SAVE Lives Act under Emergency Use Authorization.

This decision follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement authorizing a booster dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations to offer the booster as follows:

  • Individuals who should get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose according to CDC include:
    • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least 6 months ago
    • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least 6 months ago
       
  • Individuals who may opt to get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose, based on their individual benefits and risks, include:
    • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least 6 months ago, based on their individual benefits and risks
    • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least 6 months ago, based on their individual benefits and risks.

How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

By Appointment

COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment at our vaccine clinics in Mather, Martinez, Auburn, Chico, Fairfield, Mare Island, McClellan, Oakland, Redding, Yreka and Yuba City. To request an appointment, call 1-800-382-8387 and select option 8. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care can also request an appointment by:

  • sending a Secure Message to "COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS" in My HealtheVet. 

Walk-in 

With the exception of the Yreka VA Clinic, first, second, third doses; boosters; and flu shots (enrolled Veterans only) are available on a walk-in basis during the following hours:

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT
Building 650, first-floor auditorium

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Building AB-6

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Moderna
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Pfizer

Starting October 1, 2021
Tuesdays , walk-in 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Moderna & Pfizer

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

Thursday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (Appointment only)

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered.

Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines offered on Thursdays.

COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I register to be contacted for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

  • Veterans, spouses and caregivers newly eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act can call 800-382-8387, option 8, to request an appointment. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.
  • Veterans enrolled in VA health care can also request an appointment by:
    • sending a Secure Message in My HealtheVet to COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS

If I’m not enrolled in VA care or VA’s Caregiver’s Program, do I need to bring anything with me to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, just show up to any walk-in clinic or to your schedule vaccine appointments. Those who are not enrolled in VA will be asked to complete a “COVID-19 VACCINATION WORKSHEET.”

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I get?*

VANCHCS is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Unfortunately, individuals are not able to choose which vaccine they receive due to limited supplies. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine that requires 2 doses, you must get the same vaccine for both doses.

*Vaccine offerings could change depending on supply.

I have a specific medical condition and don’t know if it’s a good idea for me to be vaccinated. Who should I ask?

If you have a question about your personal medical history, please communicate with your primary care provider. You can also learn quite a bit about the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine at our Keep Me Informed tool.

What can I do to fight COVID-19?

Keep up the 3W’s! It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
  • Wash hands frequently

I am a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care. How can I enroll for VA care?

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?

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