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COVID-19 vaccines and updates

VA offers COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries. If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, VASNHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve, walk-in basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.

Visiting the VA Medical Center

At VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, safety is more than a checklist; it’s part of our culture and the foundation of everything we do. We want you to feel confident knowing your safety and well-being remain our number one priority.

General information for Veteran appointments

  • Enter through the Main entrance or Specialty Clinic for routine care.
  • Enter through the Emergency Department for emergent care.
  • Everyone entering is screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including health care team members. You may use the VA Digital COVID-19 Screening tool by texting "Screen" to 53079.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face mask or covering at all times.
  • Veterans may bring one family member or caregiver with them to an appointment.
  • Children 2+ years old must wear a face covering. Children must always stay with the adult.
  • Visitors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All patient care rooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces in the medical center are frequently sanitized and disinfected.
  • Please use available hand sanitizers and wash hands frequently.
  • Practice physical distancing throughout our facilities. Observe signs, floor markers and spaced seating in waiting areas.
  • No food or drink allowed in waiting areas.

Inpatient visitation 

  • To promote Veteran-centered care, limited visitations will be allowed on the intensive care unit, acute care units and the mental health unit (i.e. ICU, B4, B5 and B6).  The following visitor restrictions will be enforced effective Monday, October 18, 2021 (SOP-654-56):  
  • Visitors are considered as companions, caretakers or relatives of a patient. 
  • The care team will communicate visitor restrictions to the patient and family. 
  • All visitors under the exception must be screened by a door screener at an approved entrance. 
  • Visitor(s) must screen negative for COVID-19 signs and symptoms upon entry to facility.
  • Visitor(s) must always wear an approved and properly fitted face mask (covering the nose and mouth) and other personal protective equipment (PPE), as required.
  • A door screener or ambassador will escort the approved visitor(s) to the appropriate inpatient unit and provide a warm handoff to the Unit Medical Support Assistant (MSA). 
  • The Unit MSA will provide information to the visitor on proper hand hygiene, mask/PPE usage and physical distancing requirements during the visit. The Unit MSA will then call the Charge Nurse and notify nursing that a visitor is on the unit.
  • Visitor(s) must not visit other locations in the medical center or visit patients other than the designated patient.
  • Visitor(s) must follow physical distancing and elevator occupancy restrictions.

For end-of-life patients

  • There are no restriction on visitation times.
  • No more than three visitors per patient will be allowed at any time.
  • Visitor(s) under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

For patients with airborne precautions

  • Visitation times will be from Noon to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
  • No more than one visitor per patient will be allowed at any time.
  • Only window visits will be permitted.

For all other inpatients (in ICU, B4, B5 and B6)

  • Visitation times will be from Noon to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
  • No more than one visitor per patient will be allowed at any time.
  • Visitors must be 12 years of age or older. An accompanying adult must wait in the waiting room.

Visitation to the Community Living Center (CLC)

  • Remains on pause but under special circumstances, arrangements can be made with a physician’s order (which is required).

Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Throughout VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

For ease and convenience to ALL Veterans, their Spouses, and their Caregivers who are interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccination, we now have vaccine clinics available at our Main VA Medical Center. For all other clinic locations COVID vaccinations are currently on pause. This includes, North Campus (Reno), East Campus (Reno), Fallon Clinic, Carson Valley (Gardnerville, NV) Clinic and our Susanville Clinic. 

975 Kirman Avenue  Reno, NV 89502
Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday - Moderna (2-dose) available only.
Tuesday and Thursday - Both Janssen (Johnson & Johnson, single dose) and Moderna available.
COVID Vaccine also available for a Veteran with a scheduled appointment at this location.
Walk-ins welcome.

1140 Selmi Drive  Reno, NV 89512 
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available every Tuesday.

1201 Corporate Blvd.  Reno, NV 89502 
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available every Tuesday.

110 Bella Way  Susanville, CA 96130
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available every Tuesday.

1020 New River Parkway, Suite 304 Fallon, NV 89406
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available every Tuesday.

1330 Waterloo Lane, Suite 101 Gardnerville, NV 89410
10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is available every Tuesday.

COVID Vaccine Information

VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility.  We follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on booster shots and additional COVID-19 vaccine doses. If immunosuppressed you may be eligible for a 3rd dose in order to raise antibodies. Please contact your primary care provider to determine if you should receive a 3rd dose. Moderna booster shots aren’t available yet, but we’ll update you as this changes. Pfizer vaccine/boosters are not provided at VASNHCS. We are currently following the information closely and are awaiting approval from FDA and CDC regarding the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Boosters at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.

Currently VASNHCS is not offering Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines. However, VA does offer the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older when supplies are available. This is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots. After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low.

Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options. The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA's priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, visit

Congress passed a law that allows VA to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more people. VA is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities have enough vaccine:

  • Veterans
  • Spouse of a Veteran
  • Caregivers of a Veteran
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

The best way to stay informed is to sign up to tell us you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Your local VA facility will then contact you when they have a vaccine for you.

For your continued health and safety during this pandemic, please don't come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment unless you are coming to a specific scheduled event such as a walk-in clinic or drive-through clinic that does not require an appointment.

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