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COVID-19 vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration has given full authorization or emergency use authorization to three COVID-19 vaccines. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines are still under emergency use authorizations, while the Pfizer-BioNTech received full authorization in August.

VA Salt Lake City Health Care System has given only the Moderna and J&J/Janssen vaccine at our medical center and community clinics, and we are not offering the Pfizer vaccine at our facilities at this time. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated yet, we can give the Moderna vaccine on a walk-in basis in the Blue/Primary Care Clinic Mon-Fr from 8 am to 4 pm.

For more information on the vaccines including details on third doses and boosters. Click on the tabs below.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA in December 2020 as a two-dose series. Since then, millions of doses of the vaccine have been given. VA Salt Lake City has primarily used this vaccine at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center and its community clinics.

The FDA gave emergency use authorization on Aug. 12 for a third dose of the vaccine to be given to folks who have moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions. VA Salt Lake City has reached out to Veterans who qualified for this third dose.

If you have not been fully vaccinated yet, we can give the Moderna vaccine on a walk-in basis in the Blue/Primary Care Clinic Mon-Fr from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can give a first or second dose to any Veteran or their caregiver or a third dose to those that have moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions. This includes people with cancer treatment, those who have received an organ transplant or people who are taking certain medications that weaken the immune system.

We anticipate future evaluation of boosters for people who received the Moderna vaccine. VA Salt Lake City will provide Moderna boosters once we have approval and guidelines on their use. This may be as soon as mid-October, but the FDA has not given any date yet.

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization as a single shot vaccine in February. Millions of doses of the vaccine have been given. VA Salt Lake City has provided the vaccine on a limited basis.

We anticipate future evaluation of boosters for people who received the J&J vaccine. VA Salt Lake City will provide J&J boosters once we have approval and guidelines on their use. This may be as soon as mid-October, but the FDA has not given any date yet.

PFIZER-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech received FDA approval on Aug. 23, for individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine is administered as two-dose series. Millions of doses of the PFIZER-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been given since its emergency use authorization in December 2020. VA Salt Lake has not given this vaccine at any of its facilities, and we are not offering the Pfizer vaccine at this time.

The FDA gave emergency use authorization on August 12 for a third dose of the vaccine to be given to folks with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions; it also gave emergency use authorization on September 22 for a booster for those 65 years of age and older, and individuals ages 18 through 64 within certain high-risk groups.

The following groups qualify for a booster dose under the CDC’s current guidelines.

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks

If you are a Veteran, who received the Pfizer vaccine in the community, you can get the booster in the community. Just head to  www.vaccines.gov to find a location to get your booster. The vaccine is still provided at no cost at any vaccine site to anyone.

If you have questions, you can also reach out to your primary care team for help.

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