COVID-19 Vaccines - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. VA is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to pause in providing the Janssen vaccine at this time. This pause is due to a concern about possible rare side effects. Your safety is our top priority. For more information, go to the CDC website. Read the CDC and FDA statement on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a vaccine appointment scheduled, your VA health facility will work with you to determine what to do next.

Congress has passed a new law that allows us 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.

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.

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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 Mar. 22, 2021, we have administered over 12,000 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.


How can I register to be contacted for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
Those newly eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act can go to the Keep Me Informed tool to register and express interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, a scheduler will contact them to schedule an appointment.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care can call to request 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

Where can I receive a COVID-19 vaccine from SFVAHCS?

  1. By appointment. COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment at our vaccine clinics at San Francisco VA Medical Center’s Fort Mileys campus or at your local VA community-based outpatient clinics.  Those newly eligible under the SAVES LIVES Act can go to www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccine to register and express interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, a scheduler will contact them to schedule an appointment.
  2. Community and Saturday Events. Those eligible under the SAVE LIVES Act can receive COVID-19 vaccines at one of the events listed below by appointment only.
  • Saturday, April 10th, 2021
    • Ukiah VA Clinic – 9 AM to 4 PM
      630 Kings Ct
      Ukiah, CA 95482
      Tel# 707-468-7700
    • Clearlake VA Clinic – 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
      15145 Lakeshore Dr
      Clearlake, CA 95422
      Tel# 707-995-7200
  • Saturday, April 17th, 2021
    • Santa Rosa VA Clinic – 8 AM to 12:45 PM
      3841 Brickway Blvd
      Santa Rosa, CA 95403
      Tel# 707-569-2300
    • San Bruno VA Clinic – 8 AM to 1:15 PM
      1001 Sneath Ln, Suite 300
      San Bruno, CA 94066
      Tel# 650-615-6000

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

Contact Info

Location

  • San Francisco VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-221-4810

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available