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COVID-19 vaccines

Richmond VA Medical Center offers access to a 3rd dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. To be eligible for this 3rd dose, patients must already be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine and have a condition that causes a compromised immune system.

You must have an appointment to receive a 3rd dose. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Veterans, spouses and caregivers may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine as walk-in patients at Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) vaccine clinic in Richmond, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) is now offering COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients, as well as preprocedural patients via the Drive-Thru Clinic, located on the first floor of the parking garage.

All who are entering CVHCS facilities must continue wearing a mask or face covering, and all will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please proceed to the Drive-Thru Clinic between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday thought Friday. The Drive-Thru Clinic is located on the 1st floor of the parking garage. Outside of these hours, please proceed to the Emergency Department.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


CVHCS will NOT provide the vaccine for walk-in patients at its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville or Emporia.

The Spotsylvania County VA Clinic vaccine clinic will be available Fridays only from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for previously scheduled vaccine appointments. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

Starting May 27, the CBOC vaccine clinic in Charlottesville will be open Thursdays only from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

The Emporia CBOC is no longer offering vaccines.

Definitions of the eligible groups are:

Eligible Veterans: Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible to be vaccinated through VA.

Eligible Spouse: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a spouse to include marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine. Please go to the Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA page to register. 

Eligible Caregivers: 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.

What else should I know?

Veterans are asked to please remain patient as our vaccination effort continues. Each Veteran will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. To help minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure to yourself, fellow Veterans and staff, please plan to check-in for your vaccination no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Each scheduled Veteran will receive their vaccination. Each facility has visible signage to direct Veterans to the vaccination clinic. Please look for these signs and ask a team member if you need further assistance. Currently, no visitors are being allowed inside our facilities, however, Veteran caregivers are permitted to assist Veterans. Our team’s goal is to provide the best possible experience while we serve you.

Please keep in mind the following to keep yourself, your loved ones, your fellow Veterans and our team safe:

  • CVHCS is actively screening everyone at all entrances
  • No visitors are allowed at this time
  • Only one Veteran caregiver is allowed to assist Veterans to and from their appointment
  • No visitors to any inpatient ward except to see critically ill patients who may be toward the end of life (at attending physician’s discretion)
  • Only one visitor at a time will be permitted to see a critically ill patient. If possible, the critically ill patient should be limited to one visitor daily
  • Persons under age 18 are currently not being permitted to enter our facilities
  • Valet service will function as normal

Where can I find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Veterans and Veteran caregivers may learn more about the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 vaccine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

For eligibility criteria and ways to schedule

You must have an appointment to receive a 3rd dose. No walk-ins will be allowed.

This effort will take place at the main medical center located at 1201 Broad Rock Blvd., in Richmond. Our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Emporia, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Henrico and Spotsylvania County will not offer 3rd dose vaccines at this time.

For Veterans who received a different vaccine (Moderna or Janssen), additional doses are not available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Ways to Schedule: Below are ways a Veteran who meets all of the criteria can get scheduled for their 3rd dose.

  • Your provider may call you to discuss the 3rd dose and offer to schedule you an appointment
  • You may receive a text message asking whether you would like to receive the 3rd dose, or
  • You may contact your provider to indicate you want the 3rd dose, and they may assist you with scheduling

Compromised Immune System Conditions: Veterans who previously received both shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and meet one of the following criteria will be eligible to receive a 3rd dose:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection (CD4 count less than 200)
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., greater than or equal to 20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

Veterans who have not yet completed the initial vaccine series and wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are still eligible to receive the vaccine on a walk-in basis, in the Multi-Purpose Room, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For additional information about a 3rd dose, please visit the following site:

Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC

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