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COVID-19 vaccines and testing

The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients. We provide 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.

REMINDER: Saves Lives Act beneficiaries (caregivers, spouses, adolescents, or ineligible veterans) are not eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines at VA after 5/11/2023.

The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. The Save Lives Act (SLA) authorities will also expire the same day.

After May 11, 2023, it is unlawful for VA to administer COVID-19 vaccines to SLA-covered individuals not otherwise eligible for VA care (caregivers, spouses, Veterans not eligible to enroll in VA health care, etc.)

For eligible Veterans, VA Northern California will offer Saturday COVID-19 vaccine clinics. To book your appointment call 1-800-382-8387.

Saturday, 5/20/2023
8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-2:45 p.m.
SACRAMENTO COVID VACCINE CLINIC
10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA

Moderna Bivalent and Pfizer Bivalent (first or second dose)

Second Dose Requirements:

  • Immunocompromised and it has been 2 months since 1st bivalent dose
  • 65 and older and it has been 4 months since 1st bivalent dose

 

We are no longer offering Novavax after 4/28/2023.

The last day we can offer 1st dose Novavax is 4/7/2023. 

VANCHCS is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to unvaccinated Veterans, employees, spouses of Veterans, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients. We also provide the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. For more information about Novavax, visit the CDC website.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-382-8387

    How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster

    Appointments are required and offered at the times and locations listed below. You can request an appointment at your nearest VA facility, regardless of whether you received your initial series or boosters at VA or in the community. For added convenience, you can also request the vaccine during an upcoming primary care appointment. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to your appointment! This is particularly important if your initial series was given outside of VA. 

    • To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line. 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 MyHealtheVet.

    Mather

    Building 650
    Monday - Friday
    8 -11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m.

    Martinez

    Building AB6
    Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. -12 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m.

    Outpatient clinics

    Auburn
    Monday - Friday, 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

    Chico
    Tuesday and Thursday, 12 - 3 p.m.

    Fairfield 
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.

    Mare Island
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.

    McClellan
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 - 12 p.m. 

    Redding
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 12 p.m.

    Sonora
    Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.  and 1 - 3 p.m.

    Stockton
    Monday - Friday, 9 - 11:45 a.m.  and 1 - 3:15 p.m.

    Yuba City
    Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    COVID-19 boosters

    Updated booster shots are offered at VANCHCS. These updated boosters protect against both the original virus strain and the Omicron variant.

    Appointments are available and we offer updated COVID-19 vaccine booster shots at no cost in these locations.  Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

    If you’re an eligible Veteran or family member, you can get an updated booster if all of these are true for you:

    • You completed your primary vaccine series, and
    • You got your last primary vaccine dose or booster at least 2 months ago

    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

    Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

    Adolescents ages 12 to 17

    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.  Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3 press 2 and then option 3 , or stay on the line, to see if doses for adolescents are being offered at your preferred location.

    Some Federal Employees

    Those employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration, Food and Drug Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, or Federal Judiciary.

    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.

     

    Visitor Policy

    Please read the VANCHCS policies on visitation.

     

    COVID-19 testing

    Order your COVID-19 test kits on www.COVIDtests.gov or visit the COVID-19 testing schedule page.

    COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions

    Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time?

    Yes. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time. Here’s what the CDC recommends:

    If you haven’t gotten your currently recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

    Try to get a flu vaccine by the end of October. A flu shot is an essential part of protecting your and your family’s health every year.

    Learn more about flu and COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website

    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 call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3 to schedule an appointments.  

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

    Yes, depending on supply. When scheduling an appointment, please speak with the clerk for your desired vaccine. Additionally, eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they initially received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

    *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?

    Who can get Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.?

    We are no longer offering Novavax after 4/28/2023.

    The last day we can offer 1st dose Novavax is 4/7/2023. 

    The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is approved for people 18 years of age and older who have not yet been vaccinated for protection against COVID-19. 

    How is Novavax different than the other COVID-19 vaccines currently available?

    We are no longer offering Novavax after 4/28/2023.

    The last day we can offer 1st dose Novavax is 4/7/2023. 

    The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine was created using protein-based technology, like some of our current shingles and flu vaccines. With Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, the coronavirus spike protein itself is injected into the body to induce an immune response. In contrast, mRNA (Pfizer, Moderna) and adenovirus vector (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines teach our body how to make the spike protein to induce an immune response.