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COVID-19 vaccines

We offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans, their spouses, caregivers and eligible adolescents ages 12 to 17* at no cost. VA-enrolled Veterans can make an appointment at any of our seven sites of care or stop by our University Drive and H.J. Heinz III walk-in clinics. Veterans’ spouses, caregivers and Veterans who are not eligible and enrolled in VA health care can stop by the University Drive or Heinz walk-in clinics, or make an appointment at any of our five outpatient clinics. We provide the vaccine to eligible adolescents ages 12-17 at our University Drive walk-in clinic only.

Walk-In Clinics

All Veterans, enrolled in VA health care or not, their spouses and caregivers can receive the vaccine as walk-ins to our University Drive and H.J. Heinz III campuses from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Eligible adolescents ages 12 to 17 can receive the vaccine only at University Drive. At University Drive, go to the second floor Learning eXchange in building 29.  At Heinz, go to building 71, first floor, Adult Day Health Care.

Eligible enrolled Veterans are:

  • Are any age AND
  • Are eligible and registered for VHA care, AND
  • Receive their VHA care at VAPHS or any of our outpatient clinics in Belmont County, Ohio, and Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania.

Eligible enrolled Veterans can visit the University Drive or Heinz campus as walk-ins or send a secure message via My HealtheVet to their primary care provider to schedule an appointment at either campus or an outpatient clinic. VEText users can text “VACCINE” to 53079 to schedule an appointment.

*Spouses are those who are in a marriage, same-sex or common-law marriage with a Veteran, or are a widow or widower of a Veteran. Caregivers are a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran or helps a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing or tasks like shopping or transportation. Adolescents ages 12 to 17 must either receive CHAMPVA benefits or help provide care or assistance to a Veteran. 

If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA, you must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit www.va.gov/covidvaccine.

Note: Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.

COVID-19 Vaccine Dose 3 for Immunocompromised People

The CDC has recommended a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. VAPHS has begun administering these for the populations identified by the CDC. The third dose must be administered at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

VAPHS care teams are reaching out to Veterans who they know fall into this category. But if a Veteran believes they may meet any of these criteria, they should reach out to their care team.

As per CDC guidelines, we are providing the Pfizer vaccine for the third dose, even if you received Moderna as your first and second doses.

We cannot currently provide the third dose for Veterans’ spouses, caregivers and Veterans who are not eligible and enrolled in VA health care.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Others

The CDC recently announced that a third dose for people fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be offered beginning the week of Sept. 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. Our vaccine task force is already working on plans for administering these and we will share more information as soon as we can.

(Administration of the J&J vaccine did not begin in the U.S. until March 2021; we await further guidance but anticipate those recipients will require an additional dose as well.)

 

Stay informed

For all the latest updates, please visit our Facebook page (@VAPHS) and Twitter feed (@VAPittsburgh).

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Enroll in VA health care

Are you a Veteran who is not enrolled for VA health care? Find out if you are eligible to enroll in VA health care:

  • Apply online at How to apply for VA health care
  • Call VA toll-free at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Download the mailable VA Form 10-10EZ. Send the completed 10-10EZ with a copy of your DD214 to VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Attn: Patient Registration, University Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15240

Note: You may be asked to provide your DD214 and income information. 

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