San Francisco VA Health Care System
VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA.
We are working to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as quickly as possible.
Easier access to vaccines and more people eligible
VA is adding walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at all VA facilities and outpatient clinics that offer COVID-19 vaccines. Please check hours for vaccination clinics.
Congress has passed a law which allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine:
- Spouse of a Veteran
- Caregivers of a Veteran
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA you will need to wear a face mask, and physical distancing measures will be in place. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit: www.va.gov/covidvaccine.
Note: Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.
COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
For a wonderful overview of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Veterans, please click here.
Who received the vaccine first?
The San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) received its initial Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipment in late December and has been working non-stop to vaccinate healthcare providers and key operations staff to ensure uninterrupted service to our Veterans. We have also already vaccinated some of our highest-risk Veterans, including those residing in our Community Living Center, on hemodialysis, on chemotherapy, who are severely immunosuppressed, or who are homeless. As of Apr. 26, 2021, we have administered over 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and staff.
Who is getting the vaccine now?
We are now providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible Veterans and anyone who served in the military, and their caregivers and spouses, and some other beneficiaries (see below) under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act.
Those now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines under the SAVE LIVES Act include:
- Veterans: All Veterans are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Eligibility includes anyone who served in the U.S. military, including the U.S. National Guard, Reserves, or Coast Guard, and Veterans regardless of character of discharge.
- Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Veterans: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we are including spouses of same-sex and common-law marriages. Eligibility includes a widow or widower of a Veteran.
- Caregivers of a Veteran: 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.
- CHAMPVA Recipients: Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits, including spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled Veterans or of Veterans who have died from service-connected disabilities. Recipients must meet CDC age requirements for vaccine administration.
What vaccines are available?
As of Apr. 26, VA will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, 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.
How can I register to be contacted for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
Those eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act can receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at the SFVAHCS Fort Miley campus. The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now open every Monday through Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.—with no need to make an appointment or register ahead of time. Simply visit the Medical Center and inform screeners you are here to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
This only applies to receiving a vaccine at the Fort Miley campus. If you know an individual who is interested in receiving the vaccine at one of the SFVAHCS’ community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) locations, please instruct them to call the specific clinic below to make an appointment:
- San Francisco VA Medical Center - Fort Miley Campus: (415) 750-2223
- Downtown San Francisco: (415) 281-5100
- San Bruno: (650) 615-6000
- Santa Rosa: (707) 569-2300
- Clearlake: (707) 995-7200
- Ukiah: (707) 468-7700
- Eureka: (707) 269-7500
I’m a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care. How can I enroll?
Veterans can apply for VA health care by calling 877-222-8387 or visiting https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.
I have a specific medical condition and don’t know if it’s a good idea for me to be vaccinated. Who should I ask?
If you have a question about your personal medical history, please communicate with your primary care provider. You can also learn quite a bit about the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine at our Keep Me Informed tool.
In the meantime, what can I do to fight COVID-19?
Keep up the 3W’s!
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
To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page
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