San Francisco VA Health Care System
San Francisco VA begin COVID-19 vaccinations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines – one from Pfizer, and one from Moderna. VA worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a phased plan that will help us do the most good for the most people during this time.
Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first?
Under the phased plan, we started offering vaccines to Veterans in our long-term care facilities and frontline VA health care workers on Dec. 22. Vaccinating our health care workers first helps us continue providing care for Veterans.
We will soon begin offering vaccines to more Veterans who are at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Your VA health care team will contact you if you’re eligible to get a vaccine during this time.
We will follow CDC guidelines for determining who is considered to be at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Factors that may influence the risk of severe disease include the following:
- Age. The risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 increases with age.
- Existing health problems. People with certain health problems (like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity) have a higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
- Other factors that raise a person’s risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19, such as living in a nursing home or other group living facility.
Contacting Veterans for vaccine appointments
It is important to understand that many Veterans will not be able to get the vaccine during this initial rollout. To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Veterans should not come into a VA facility looking to receive a vaccine, nor to schedule a vaccine appointment. Care teams will contact Veterans when a vaccine is available, based on their personal risk factors and vaccine availability. Veterans should sign up at this site to get regular updates about vaccine availability.
Keep up the 3Ws!
It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:
- Wear a face covering
- Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
- Wash hands frequently
The San Francisco VA is eager to begin administering the vaccine and asks all Veterans and VA health care personnel for their patience during this initial rollout.