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COVID-19 vaccines

VA Palo Alto health care is currently offering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment or by walk-in.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA Palo Alto health care?

  • 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 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.

How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

To request an appointment, give us a call Monday – Friday, at 650-496-2535, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Vaccine available: Pfizer (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday - Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Building 5, second floor, Room A-250
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Vaccine available: Pfizer (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Building 62, third floor, large waiting room, Room 327
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Vaccine available: Pfizer (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Room 152

Vaccine available: Moderna (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Second floor, Neighborhood A

Vaccine available: Pfizer (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Thursday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., walk in
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Vaccine available: Moderna (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: First floor, Volunteer Services location

Vaccine available: Pfizer (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Thursday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., walk in
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Room 105

Vaccine available: Moderna (available by appointment and walk-in)

Monday – Thursday; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., walk in
(Closed for lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m.)

Location: Main building, Room 255

Vaccine booster recipients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance on March 29, 2022, to allow a second booster with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at least 4 months after a first booster of any authorized or approved vaccine for individuals at least 50 years of age, individuals with immune compromise, or individuals of any age who received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 for their initial vaccine and booster dose.

  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immune compromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with certain kinds of immune compromise.
  • A second booster dose may be administered with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after receipt of a booster dose for any person who had Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 for both their initial vaccine and their booster dose.

VA follows CDC guidance on COVID-19 vaccination which is being updated to reflect these changes, and is available here: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC.

VA is now able to provide booster shots at sites offering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as supply and capacity permit.

To make an appointment, please call 650-496-2535, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our staff will help you find a time that’s convenient for you.

CDC recommends offering a single-dose COVID-19 booster as follows:
For the following individuals: Persons with moderate to severe immune compromise A COVID-19 booster* is recommended:
For the following individuals: Persons who completed a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series and who are aged 12 years to 17 years. Persons with moderate to severe immune compromise Administer a 3rd Pfizer-BioNTech dose at least 28 days after the second dose. A COVID-19 booster* is recommended: At 5 or more months from last dose**, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
For the following individuals: Persons who completed a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series and who are aged 18 years and older. Persons with moderate to severe immune compromise Administer a 3rd Moderna dose (full dose, 100 micrograms) at least 28 days after the second dose. A COVID-19 booster* is recommended: At 5 or more months from last dose**, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna (half dose, 50 micrograms)
For the following individuals: Persons who received a Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)* COVID-19 vaccine and who are aged 18 years and older. Persons with moderate to severe immune compromise No additional dose for immune compromise, proceed to booster at 2 months. A COVID-19 booster* is recommended: At 2 or more months from initial vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna (half dose, 50 micrograms)

*mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) are preferentially recommended in most situations compared to Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, although the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered for persons 18 years and older in some situations.

**“last dose” refers to the last dose in the initial vaccine series, which will be the second dose for most individuals receiving an mRNA vaccine, and a 3rd dose for persons with moderate to severe immune compromise who received an mRNA vaccine.

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 vaccines.gov. 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