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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.
  • 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.

On Nov. 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all adults be eligible for COVID-19 booster.

Following this expanded guidance from CDC, VA can now provide booster shots for more Veterans, family members and caregivers at sites offering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

VA NorCal is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots at all its sites of care. 

You can request an appointment at your nearest VA facility, regardless of whether you received your initial series at VA or in the community. 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, 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.
  • To ensure you can receive a booster dose as quickly as possible and sufficient supply is available, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are welcome while supplies last. For walk-in times, visit www.va.gov/northern-california-health-care/programs/covid-19-vaccines/.

You can also receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA if you choose. To locate a vaccine site, visit Vaccines.gov - Search for COVID-19 vaccine locations. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

Booster Shot Eligibility

A booster is recommended for individuals 18 and older who:

  • completed the initial two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago
    OR
  • received a J&J vaccine at least two months ago.

If you received your booster outside of the VA, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can do this by adding your vaccine information to your My HealtheVet health summary for your records. To add your information, you’ll need a Premium My HealtheVet account. Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records online.

On Nov. 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all adults be eligible for COVID-19 booster.

Following this expanded guidance from CDC, VA can now provide booster shots for more Veterans, family members and caregivers at sites offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

VA NorCal is offering the Moderna booster shots at all its sites of care. 

You can request an appointment at your nearest VA facility, regardless of whether you received your initial series at VA or in the community. 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, 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.
  • To ensure you can receive a booster dose as quickly as possible and sufficient supply is available, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are welcome while supplies last. For walk-in times, visit www.va.gov/northern-california-health-care/programs/covid-19-vaccines/.

You can also receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA if you choose. To locate a vaccine site, visit Vaccines.gov - Search for COVID-19 vaccine locations. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

Booster Shot Eligibility

A booster is recommended for individuals 18 and older who:

  • completed the initial two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago
    OR
  • received a J&J vaccine at least two months ago.

If you received your booster outside of the VA, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can do this by adding your vaccine information to your My HealtheVet health summary for your records. To add your information, you’ll need a Premium My HealtheVet account. Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records online.

On Nov. 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all adults be eligible for COVID-19 booster.

Following this expanded guidance from CDC, VA can now provide booster shots for more Veterans, family members and caregivers at sites offering J&J COVID-19 vaccines.

VA NorCal is offering the J&J COVID-19 booster shots at all its sites of care. 

You can request an appointment at your nearest VA facility, regardless of whether you received your initial series at VA or in the community. 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, 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.
  • To ensure you can receive a booster dose as quickly as possible and sufficient supply is available, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are welcome while supplies last. For walk-in times, visit www.va.gov/northern-california-health-care/programs/covid-19-vaccines/.

You can also receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA if you choose. To locate a vaccine site, visit Vaccines.gov - Search for COVID-19 vaccine locations. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

Booster Shot Eligibility

A booster is recommended for individuals 18 and older who:

  • completed the initial two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago
    OR
  • received a J&J vaccine at least two months ago.

If you received your booster outside of the VA, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can do this by adding your vaccine information to your My HealtheVet health summary for your records. To add your information, you’ll need a Premium My HealtheVet account. Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records online.

How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

By Appointment

To ensure you can receive a booster dose as quickly as possible and sufficient supply is available, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are welcome while supplies last. 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 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 

To ensure you can receive a booster dose as quickly as possible and sufficient supply is available, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Walk-in visits are welcome while supplies last. 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.

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

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

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?*

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?

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