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COVID-19 vaccines and testing at VA Portland

COVID-19 vaccines remain very effective in preventing severe disease, however, their protection against the virus may decrease over time, especially in people 65 and older. - Vaccines remain the best measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Please help by keeping current on your COVID vaccinations. - Masks offer protection against all variants. Wear a mask when around other people outside of your household. - Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Talk to your VA Care Team about testing.

Order your free home COVID tests today

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. 


COVID Testing

VA Portland does COVID testing by appointment ONLY.

We ONLY schedule COVID tests for Veterans who are…

  • clinically indicated by their Primary Care team
  • scheduled for medical procedures at VA facilities
  • scheduled for an admission

If you are a Veteran and have COVID-like symptoms or believe you have been directly exposed to a COVID-positive person, contact your Primary Care team by secure messaging (MyHealtheVet) or by calling 503-220-8262, option 2 to discuss your situation and request a COVID test.

Please, do not come to a VA facility for a COVID test without an appointment.  You must contact your Primary Care team first.

If you plan to go the Portland VA Health Care System’s Emergency Department with COVID-like symptoms please call the ED before arriving at 503-721-7803.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

VA Portland is offering COVID Vaccine initial series and booster shots to those authorized under the SAVE LIVES Act (spouses and caregivers), however, prioritization is to Veterans.

VA Portland and associated CBOCs are Pfizer vaccine sites. Veterans can receive the Pfizer booster regardless of which COVID 19 vaccine they originally received. Veterans may receive the appropriate vaccine dose during any Primary Care appointment, or in designated vaccination clinics. Vaccination capacity is limited. Veterans may also seek vaccination from community providers.

If you originally received Pfizer or Moderna – you may receive booster at least 5 months after 2nd dose. Individuals over 50 may receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster dose.

If you originally received Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – may receive booster at least 2 months after initial dose. Individuals over 50 may receive a second booster at least 4 months after their first booster dose.


You can schedule, cancel or reschedule a vaccination appointment two ways: