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COVID-19 vaccines

VA Palo Alto health care is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans enrolled in VA care, regardless of their age or health condition.

Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19, including variants. Vaccines are highly effective against severe illness, but the Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. Get your vaccine today at VA Palo Alto health care!

First time vaccine recipients

We are currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment or by walk-in/drive-thru. You can receive the following vaccines at these sites:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: Palo Alto and Livermore VA medical centers
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: Stockton and San Jose Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine: Sonora, Stockton, Modesto, and Monterey CBOCs

If you come to our walk-in or drive-thru clinics, our screeners will direct you to where you need to go.

Vaccine booster recipients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified and recommended several groups of people who should get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.

At this time, VA Palo Alto health care is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to Veterans 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions, at the Palo Alto medical center by appointment. If you do not fall within this category, please check this page for updates of when we will offer to your category group.

Can I contact you to schedule?

If you would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call Monday – Friday, at 650-496-2535, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You will be provided details about where to go on campus to get your vaccine.

Those who fall under the SAVE LIVES Act should use our Keep Me Informed tool to register. This method is the fastest way to get you registered in our system and schedule your appointment. Our staff will reach out to you once your registration is processed!

Can I receive my booster outside VA?

Yes, you can also receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card when you go!

Once you receive your booster, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can send a picture of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card to your VA provider through secure messaging. You can also add your vaccine information to your MyHealtheVet health summary for your own records. To add your information, you’ll need a premium MyHealtheVet account.

Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records on our website

Looking for your California Digital COVID-19 vaccine record?

VA is not authorized to share your vaccine record. To set up your California Department of Public Health digital COVID-19 vaccine record, you will need to use their support tool to manually upload your record.

Have a photo or scanned file of your government ID and vaccine record ready!

Visit CDPH Vaccination Support to get started!

Are you thinking about getting a COVID-19 vaccine but still have questions?

It’s okay to ask your health care team about the benefits and safety of the vaccine based on your medical history. Contact your provider today to learn more.

In the meantime, what can you do to fight COVID-19?

Keep up the 3Ws!

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

How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine available: Pfizer

By appointment, Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Vaccine available: Pfizer

Available by appointment, Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday (Janssen, available by walk-in)

Monday - Friday (Janssen, available by walk-in)

Vaccine available: Moderna

Available by appointment, Fridays; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday - Friday (Janssen, available by walk-in)

Vaccine available: Moderna and Janssen

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Janssen, available by walk-in)

Tuesday (Moderna, available by appointment)

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