VA to Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations at 128 Additional Sites, Including Coatesville VA Medical Center

VA COVID-19 VaccinationsPhoto courtesy of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin COVID-19 vaccinations this week at 128 additional sites using the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

On December 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is the second COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized.

“Having a second COVID-19 vaccine will enable us to reach more facilities and vaccinate more health care personnel and Veterans in additional parts of the country,” said VA Secretary Robert L. Wilkie. “We continue to implement our COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan and are grateful to be one step closer to seeing the end of this pandemic.”

Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, VA will continue to vaccinate health care personnel, as well as community living center and spinal cord unit residents. As vaccine supplies increase, VA’s ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.

113 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and outpatient clinics will receive limited Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supplies this week. They include:

Alabama

  • Central Alabama (Montgomery) VA Health Care System
  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

Alaska

  • Alaska (Anchorage) VA Health Care System

Arizona

  • Northern Arizona (Prescott) VA Health Care System
  • Southern Arizona (Tucson) VA Health Care System

Arkansas

  • Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)
  • Central Arkansas (North Little Rock) Veterans Health Care System

California

  • Central California (Fresno) VA Health Care System
  • Northern California (Mather) VA Health Care System
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Long Beach VA Health Care System
  • Loma Linda VA Health Care System
  • San Diego VA Health Care System

Colorado

  • Grand Junction VA Medical Center

Delaware

  • Wilmington VA Medical Center

Florida

  • Lee County VA Health Care Center
  • Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas (Tallahassee) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic
  • New Port Richey VA Outpatient Clinic
  • William V. Chappell, Jr. (Daytona Beach) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • William “Bill” Kling (Sunrise) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • South Hillsborough (Riverview) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Viera VA Outpatient Clinic
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Georgia

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Carl Vinson (Dublin) VA Medical Center

Hawaii

  • Pacific Islands (Honolulu) VA Health Care System

Idaho

  • Boise VA Medical Center

Illinois

  • Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (North Chicago)
  • Jesse Brown (Chicago) VA Medical Center
  • Iliana (Danville) VA Health Care System
  • Marion VA Medical Center

Indiana

  • Indianapolis VA Medical Center
  • Marion VA Medical Center

Iowa

  • Central Iowa (Des Moines) VA Health Care System
  • Iowa City VA Health Care System

Kansas

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (Leavenworth) VA Medical Center
  • Colmery-O’Neil (Topeka) VA Medical Center
  • Robert J. Dole (Wichita) VA Medical Center

Kentucky

  • Louisville VA Medical Center

Louisiana

  • Alexandria (Pineville) VA Medical Center
  • Overton Brooks (Shreveport) VA Medical Center

Maine

  • Maine (Augusta) VA Health Care System

Massachusetts

  • Boston (Jamaica Plain) VA Health Care System
  • Northampton (Leeds) VA Medical Center

Michigan

  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
  • Detroit VA Medical Center
  • Saginaw VA Medical Center
  • Iron Mountain VA Medical Center

Minnesota

  • St. Cloud VA Medical Center

Mississippi

  • G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery (Jackson) VA Medical Center
  • Gulf Coast (Biloxi) VA Health Care System

Missouri

  • Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center
  • Kansas City VA Medical Center

Montana

  • Montana (Fort Harrison) VA Health Care System

Nevada

  • Sierra Nevada (Reno) VA Health Care System

New Hampshire

  • Manchester VA Medical Center

New Jersey

  • Lyons VA Medical Center

New York

  • James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center
  • Canandaigua VA Medical Center
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center
  • Albany VA Medical Center
  • Castle Point (Wappingers Falls) VA Medical Center
  • Northport VA Medical Center

North Carolina

  • Asheville VA Medical Center
  • South Charlotte VA Health Care Center
  • Fayetteville VA Medical Center
  • Raeford Road (Fayetteville) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Greenville VA Health Care Center
  • Kernersville VA Health Care Center
  • Wilmington VA Health Care Center
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North Dakota

  • Fargo VA Medical Center

Ohio

  • Chillicothe VA Medical Center
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Dayton VA Medical Center
  • Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center

Oklahoma

  • Eastern Oklahoma (Muskogee) VA Health Care System

Oregon

  • Roseburg VA Health Care System
  • Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (White City)

Pennsylvania

  • Altoona VA Medical Center
  • Butler VA Medical Center
  • Coatesville VA Medical Center
  • Erie VA Medical Center
  • Lebanon VA Medical Center
  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Puerto Rico

  • Mayaguez VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Euripides Rubio (Ponce) VA Outpatient Clinic

Rhode Island

  • Providence VA Medical Center

South Carolina

  • Charleston VA Medical Center
  • Columbia VA Medical Center

South Dakota

  • Sioux Falls VA Medical Center
  • Black Hills (Fort Meade) VA Health Care System

Tennessee

  • Tennessee Valley (Murfreesboro) VA Health Care System
  • Mountain Home VA Health Care System

Texas

  • Amarillo (West Amarillo) VA Health Care System
  • West Texas (Big Spring) VA Health Care System
  • Central Texas (Temple) VA Health Care System
  • Texas Valley Coastal (Harlingen) VA Health Care System
  • El Paso VA Health Care System

Utah

  • Salt Lake City VA Health Care System

Vermont

  • White River Junction VA Medical Center

Virginia

  • Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Salem VA Medical Center

Washington

  • Spokane VA Medical Center
  • Walla Walla VA Medical Center

West Virginia

  • Beckley VA Medical Center
  • Clarksburg VA Medical Center
  • Huntington VA Medical Center
  • Martinsburg VA Medical Center

Wisconsin

  • Madison VA Hospital
  • Tomah VA Medical Center

Wyoming

  • Cheyenne VA Medical Center
  • Sheridan VA Medical Center

Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1a prioritization after confirming they could appropriately store the vaccine at -20?C. Since the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine remains stable in regular refrigeration, VA expects to distribute it to more facilities when supplies are available.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 disease based on scientific data presented at FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee on December 17. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.

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Thirty-seven medical centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to eligible health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Additionally, VA is scheduled to receive another allocation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this week. Fifteen VA facilities plan to start administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after they receive their allocations. They are:

  • Palo Alto (Livermore) VA Medical Center
  • Palo Alto (Menlo Park) VA Medical Center
  • Bay Pines (FL) VA Health Care System
  • Miami (FL) VA Health Care System
  • West Palm Beach (FL) VA Health Care System
  • James A. Haley (Tampa, FL) Veterans Hospital
  • North Florida/South Georgia (Gainesville, FL) Health Care System
  • Lake Baldwin (Orlando, FL) VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center
  • Perry Point (MD) VA Medical Center
  • St. Louis (Jefferson Barracks, MO) VA Health Care System
  • New York Harbor (Brooklyn Campus) Health Care System
  • Salisbury (NC) VA Medical Center
  • Kerrville (TX) VA Hospital
  • American Lake (Tacoma, WA) VA Medical Center

As vaccines become available, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.

Veterans can get up-to-date information and sign up to receive regular updates on VA’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

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