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 two COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.

Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you.

Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs

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COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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 Jan. 21, 2021, we have administered about 3,300 COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and staff.

Who is getting the vaccine now?

SFVAHCS will now begin vaccinating Veterans age 75 years and older.

We will continue to vaccinate Veterans following a phased plan based on the following CDC guidelines:

  • Risk of becoming infected with the virus
  • Risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.  Factors that may influence the risk of severe illness include:
    • 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.
  • Risk of spreading the virus to others
  • Risk of harm to society if essential workers, including health care personnel, are unable to work

How can I get the vaccine?

Currently, we are offering COVID vaccinations by appointment only at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and at our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). SFVAHCS is calling Veterans in high-risk categories to schedule them for COVID vaccine appointments.  Veterans who are age 75 years and older may also call the San Francisco VA Medical Center at (415) 750-2204, or their local VA clinic to schedule an appointment after reviewing screening questions. To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Veterans should not come into our VA facility looking to receive a vaccine without an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Can I contact you to schedule?

Yes! If you are 75 years or older and wish to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, please call us between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, at (415) 750-2204 to schedule an appointment at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. You may also call your local VA community-based outpatient clinic at the following numbers to get your vaccine closer to your home:

  • 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

When will I be contacted about getting the vaccine?

The VA’s goal is to offer the vaccine to all Veterans who choose to be vaccinated. With more than 70,000 Veterans registered for care at the San Francisco VA, we request your patience and understanding as we work our way through the high-risk priority groups first. We will keep you informed as the situation develops and more vaccine is made available to us. Please sign up for VA’s Keep Me Informed tool to indicate your interest in getting the vaccine and learn more about where we are in the vaccination process.

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

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