Some Veterans, spouses and caregivers can receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from VA.

In line with recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only people who have already received a full series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago have been authorized to receive a Pfizer booster shot.

The FDA and the CDC continue to review data to determine whether and when it might be recommended for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine(s). VA will plan to offer boosters of these vaccines if authorized and recommended.

Who is eligible for a booster shot?

Here are the Veterans, spouses and caregivers who have been authorized to receive the Pfizer booster:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits, and;
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits.

Not offered at all VA medical centers

The Pfizer booster is not being offered at all VA medical centers. Please contact your local VA facility to find the nearest location where you can receive the booster.

In the meantime, you can get your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card when you go!

VA Secretary: “An important step forward”

“With the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster for eligible individuals, VA can provide Veterans an opportunity to maximize their protection, continuing our work to keep people safe and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

Veterans will be contacted

Veterans who receive care in VA and are due for booster shots will be contacted and advised of the recommended shots, which may be offered by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

Get your flu shot, too

You can get both the COVID-19 vaccine and your annual flu vaccine at the same time. Veterans receiving care at VA who wish to get a booster shot can get both shots together during the same visit.

Veterans who would like additional information can visit the VA COVID-19 vaccines webpage, visit their local facility’s website or contact their care team. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the VA COVID-19 questions web page.

To read more blogs regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, visit https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/?s=vaccination.

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  1. Alejandro Murphy October 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I got my booster at the SCI Clinic. All it took was an appointment. Thank you for your service SCI Clinic VA Hospital San Juan.

  2. James Crawford October 11, 2021 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe you are serious about your statement! If you are a very and have been to any VA, then you would KNOW that is policy to wear a mask in ANY VA facility!

    Your assumptions are ignorant of the facts and current VA policy!

  3. Bill C October 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Why are people calling the VA “to get on a list”? Can’t people read? If you got your vaccinations at VA in the first place the VA will call you to set you up for boosters. There is NO BOOSTER by Moderna yet available! I got my Moderna shots at VA, but I went to a County Clinic to get the 3rd dose Moderna because VA was not classifying me as immuno-deficient. I’m 77 with ischemic heart disease, implanted ICD, and COPD which means HIGH RISK to me. So I took advantage of getting the 3rd dose at a county clinic instead of waiting on the VA. C19 is likely a death sentence for me if I didn’t…and there’s still no guarantees of prevention, so I mask up regardless!!

  4. Wayne Stratos October 11, 2021 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    My CBOC has NO Booster of any kind…Not wanting to travel 100 or more miles…I went to my local Walgreens to get my Pfizer. All I had to do was call them to set up a time and bring my original Covid card… I ended up getting the Booster in one arm and the super Flu shot in the other. When you get done, they give you a receipt for both (free???? [someone paid for it] ) They also note the booster on the original card…Just take it to your CBOC and they will mark or copy down that you had them. Easy Peasy and…just to let everyone know…I have yet to grow a third eye or third testicle from the Covid meds…

  5. Marl October 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    The VA here did not as of yet have the Boosters available. So I made an appointment at Walgreens and got my Booster COVID-19 Shot and the Flu Shot today as well. According to the VA here, not all facilities are getting the Booster Shots for Covid-19 at the same time. From what Walgreens told me, if you have your Vaccination Card indicating you received to 1st and 2nd Pfizer Covid-19 Shots you can go anywhere and get the Booster COVID-19 Shot.

    • Bill c October 11, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Pfizer begets Pfizer boosters. Wife can get it at VA too. CVS, County Health, Walgreens, etc. if they have them as well. Moderna has no booster. Johnson has no booster. Ask for 3rd dose of the one you first got. Be happy and safe

  6. PABLO ROMAN-ORTEGA October 5, 2021 at 11:11 am - Reply

    DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME CALLING THE VA TO GET ON A LIST FOR THE COVID BOOSTER VACCINE. I HAVE CALLED 5 DIFERRENT TIMES TODAY AND EVERYTIME I GET TRANSFERRED…. AND WHEN A PERSON PICKS UP THEY SAY “HOLD ON LET ME TRANSFER YOU”. ON THAT 4TH TRANSFER THEY SEND (TRANSFER) YOU TO A NUMBER THAT JUST RINGS ABOUT 10 TIMES AND THEN DISCONECTES YOU… ….WHERE YOU HAVE TO START THE CYCLE ALL OVER AGAIN. IT IS MIND BLOWING AND SO STRESSFUL. THREE OF THOSE TIMES THEY OFFER TO GIVE ME THE NUMBER SO I CAN DIAL MYSELF (3-3265, 3-3613, ETC.) AND I TELL THEM I’VE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THOSE NUMBERS AND TRIED THAT METHOD, WITH SAME RESULTS. THIS IS WHEN THEY SAY “WELL IT SEEMS THEY ARE VERY BUSY SO JUST KEEP TRYING”. WHAT TERRIBLE SERVICE! THIS IS PRECISELY WHY I, AS A DISABLED VET I ONLY USE THE VA WHEN ITS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. I USE EISENHOWER WHERE INMY OPINION THEY ARE MORE PATIENT/CUSTOMER CARE ORIENTED.

  7. gary b vogt October 5, 2021 at 10:54 am - Reply

    The picture alone should tell any observant person the veteran nor the nurse do not trust in what they are doing works . Just look both wearing masks. Why.

    • Myron Leski October 5, 2021 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      I got my two Pfizer shots at the ABQ VA last February and have had zero side effects. It is policy –you don’t get past that hospital’s front doors without a mask. Everyone inside wears one. If you’re not wearing a mask I do not want you anywhere near me.

    • Ed R. October 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      What’s the big deal with wearing masks? Masks WORK to keep all of us safer, even when we’ve been vaccinated. Partner, the VA wouldn’t recommend them for us and require them for work and service at the Medical Centers if they didn’t work.
      All the malarkey about breathing CO2, discomfort, appearance and all the rest is nothing compared with the fact that we and our neighbors stand a better chance avoiding COVID-19 and its variants if we get vaccinated, wear masks, observe social distancing and wash our hands. There’s nothing hard about this – just common sense.
      BTW, do you have a driver’s license, auto insurance, pay taxes, drive sober, love your kids and grand kids, wait your turn in line?? I hope the answer to all these is yes and you can probably think of many more things we have to do to get along in this world.
      Don’t make it harder and meaner! I bet you wouldn’t hesitate to help a friend or neighbor if they needed help, so help them by getting vaccinated and wearing that mask until this pandemic is OVER. The sooner we lock this virus down the sooner it stops making variants. If we don’t lock it down we may all wind up getting vaccinations and boosters and wearing masks forever!
      What we all need now is LOVE, HONESTY, COOPERATION, COMPASSION and UNDERSTANDING! DO YOUR SHARE!

  8. R Benner October 3, 2021 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I received my covid shot Pfizer at local VA (both doses) , but I cannot find my shot card . Is it possible to get a copy. I like to use the VA because all of my records are there.

  9. Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:46 am - Reply

    The purpose of a booster is to “boost” antibody protection back up when it has decreased over time, and it is the same vaccine as the first two doses rather than a new recipe. The reason you hear about Pfizer in the news is they were the first to have an authorization by FDA for a booster dose. Moderna has sent data to the FDA that will be reviewed next, but Moderna boosters have not been authorized yet.
    Moderna has been FDA-authorized for a third dose for people with moderate to severe immune compromise so it may be that your third Moderna dose was recommended to you for that or a similar reason.

  10. James Davis September 30, 2021 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    My VA Primary Care Phusician told me, just last week that I was not eligible for the booster yet, even though it’s been more than six months since my second shot. What gives?

    I sent him a copy of this release through IM earlier today, but have heard nothing.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters are currently FDA-authorized and CDC recommended for those who are 65 and older; 50-64 with underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for COVID; 18-49 with underlying health conditions, based on individual benefits and risks; and 18-64, whose job puts them at high risk of COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, if you are 65 years of age, and completed a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago (2 doses total), you would be eligible for a booster shot. Please check back with your facility as you should be offered a booster if you have had 2 doses of Pfizer with the last at least 6 months ago. Alternatively, you should be able to find a booster shot in the community free of charge, locations can be found at : https://www.vaccines.gov/

    • Charles G. October 1, 2021 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Hello, Mr. Davis. I would seek a second opinion from another medical professional. Much of the problems I have had with my family’s and my Covid19 vaccinations have been thru malice of medical staff. The VA in Fayetteville, AR almost refused to give me my first Moderna dose. My kids were denied entry into my wife’s medical facility during their second dose appointment. The battle is real and medical professionals share an inordinate amount of blame in this regard. Stay safe and alert, brother!

  11. Donna Fullerton September 30, 2021 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I’ve had Covid. Is there a way to opt out of these messages. I am not going to get a shot this or any other flu shot. I have natural immunities. Plus reading about all the side effects are extremely troublesome.

  12. Bill September 30, 2021 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I got the J & J and my only side effect was that I was starving for a couple of days. I ate everything in sight and still lost two pounds. That was 8 months ago and I’m still waiting for news on the booster. Yes, folks, Pfizer wasn’t the only vaccine.

  13. Wayne StClair September 30, 2021 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    My wife and I got two Pfizer shots from county health. Can my wife and I get the booster from the VA?

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 8:05 am - Reply

      Yes, your wife may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from VA under the SAVE LIVES Act authority as long as your VA hospital carries the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and has sufficient supply to provide boosters to spouses of Veterans. Alternatively, you should both be able to receive a booster shot in the community free of charge, locations can be found at : https://www.vaccines.gov/

  14. Donald Godier September 30, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    What is going on here?

    • Donald Godier September 30, 2021 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      That is the entirety of my reply that you posted ? You censured my entire, so now the VA has become the Communist arm of the government handlers and you no longer allow free speech?

  15. C Gladney September 30, 2021 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I am 71 years old and a veteran. My wife and I received our boaster vaccine at Walgreens in Augusta ga. The requirements were one of which you have to be 65 years old or more. We had no problem with getting the vaccine.

  16. Lanny Brenner September 30, 2021 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    When can I receive my booster Covid shot? Will you contact me, or do I have to contact you. I want to receive my booster shot for COVID-19. Mr. Lanny Brenner

    • Department of Veterans Affairs September 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Hello – You have many options of where to receive your booster shot at no cost to you, both in and outside of VA.

      (1) You can call your local VA healthcare center to ask about walk-in hours or schedule an appointment for your booster shot.

      (2) If you choose to get your vaccine outside of VA, you can locate a COVID-19 vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

    • Jim C September 30, 2021 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      This is not an appointment line. You will have to contact your local VA for an appointment.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:44 am - Reply

      You have the option of where to receive your booster shot at no cost to you, both in and outside of VA.
      (1) You can message your PACT team or call your local VA healthcare center to ask about walk-in hours or schedule an appointment for your booster shot. If you are in a group that CDC recommends get a booster and received a Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series in VA 6 or more months ago, you should also hear from VA about a booster shot.
      (2) If you choose to get your vaccine outside of VA, you can locate a COVID-19 vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:47 am - Reply

      You have the option of where to receive your booster shot at no cost to you, both in and outside of VA.
      (1) You can message your PACT team or call your local VA healthcare center to ask about walk-in hours or schedule an appointment for your booster shot. If you are in a group that CDC recommends get a booster and received a Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series in VA 6 or more months ago, you should also hear from VA about a booster shot.
      (2) If you choose to get your vaccine outside of VA, you can locate a COVID-19 vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

  17. Daniel Cass September 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I had Moderna, so when can I receive a booster shot

    • Department of Veterans Affairs September 30, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Hello!
      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for recipients of the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines. VA will plan to offer these booster vaccines when they are authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.

    • Shirley Green October 10, 2021 at 8:17 am - Reply

      I also got the modern one in February and one in March if you find out when we can get our booster please let me know thank you

  18. Allen ownbey September 30, 2021 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I am confused why we most often see Pfizer spoken about on the news and online, but moderna we hear very little, concerning the booster etc. I received moderna’s two shots months ago and recently was able to receive my booster of moderna as well for which I am grateful. I’ve been trying to also figure out are the booster shots another recipe of that pharmaceutical company, or the same just given the third time?

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 8:07 am - Reply

      The purpose of a booster is to “boost” antibody protection back up when it has decreased over time, and it is the same vaccine as the first two doses rather than a new recipe. The reason you hear about Pfizer in the news is they were the first to have an authorization by FDA for a booster dose. Moderna has sent data to the FDA that will be reviewed next, but Moderna boosters have not been authorized yet. Moderna has been FDA-authorized for a third dose for people with moderate to severe immune compromise so it may be that your third Moderna dose was recommended to you for that or a similar reason.

  19. David Arend September 30, 2021 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I was able to get my booster and the flu shot on Tuesday. I went to Walgreens and both shots were free to me. I chose not to use VA care because I am a retiree from the Navy. I am eligible for VA care (disabled vet) but do not use it. I did my 20 years and am covered under Tricare and my local Air Force Base Medical. The reason I do not use VA care is because there are so many vets in much worse financial and medical need than me. I can get my coverage elsewhere and leave a spot open for someone that needs it more than I. We are all in this together and need to take care of our brothers and sisters.

    • Dennis September 30, 2021 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      I believe???, that if you ever need to put in a claim for disability you will need to be seen by a VA doctor to verify your claim plus depending on your disability rating all your meds are free and major surgeries are free. Don’t worry about saving a place for someone who is more in need. The VA takes all that into consideration when they submit their budget every year. I’ve had heart bypass surgery, one knee replaced and a hip replaced. I’m due to have my other knee replaced in Nov. None of this has cost me a penny. I don’t know if your insurance is as good, but it’s something to consider. I have no complaints at all about VA care…..

      • Bill C October 11, 2021 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        Can’t get VA disability unless it is service-connected and duly claimed.

  20. Tom Lix September 30, 2021 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I love and appreciate the care I get from the VA but it’s also important to know that we have options. If you are 65 or older, you already have a Medicare card. I was able to get my Pfizer Booster at the local Walgreen’s on Saturday September 25th at no charge. Earlier the same day I received my flu shot during a drive-in at the local VA. Just an FYI.

  21. Wallace William Wilson September 30, 2021 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Is there going to be booster for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine/

    • Department of Veterans Affairs September 30, 2021 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Hello!
      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for recipients of the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines. VA will plan to offer these booster vaccines when they are authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.

  22. James David Smith September 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I am a veteran just like most of you. I have an appointment at a VA facility soon. However, all of you should not depend on the VA for this. I found a local hospital that was giving the Pfizer booster and got it. Don’t wait! By the way, Pfizer has been approved for use and not just emergency approval. J&J hasn’t and neither has Moderna. Also, get a flu shot at the first place you can. Many drug stores offer these and if you are over 65, they are free. I am highly pleased with my VA facility in Hot Springs, AR. But I don’t live there, so, I use local hospitals and drugstores and other medical facilities to help me. Don’t wait, get a booster local. If you can’t then go to the VA.

  23. Richard Reep September 29, 2021 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    This is interesting as I was just told by my VA provider that ONLY 75 year old’s with compromised immune systems were being given the booster. I am 75 but apparently cannot get the booster because I do not qualify as “immune system compromised”. It concerns me that the VA is announcing this level of care but denying it at the local level. So there is no confusion, I was informed in a message on 9-28-2021:
    Sir,

    We do not offer the Pfizer shot. Also, at this time, we are only giving 3rd shots to those Veterans who have been identified as severely immune compromised at this time.

    We can give you the flu shot during your PCP visit. However, we cannot give you your flu shot within 2 weeks of getting the COVID vaccine. Either 2 weeks prior or after. So please plan accordingly.

    Alisha Bird Grizzly PACT LPN
    No response needed, if your needs have been met.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs September 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Hello!
      Due to the storage conditions for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine/booster, some VA healthcare centers do not have Pfizer vaccines in stock, and therefore are not offering the Pfizer vaccine or booster.

      You can receive your booster shot at no cost to you outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:50 am - Reply

      It does look like you received this email after booster shots were authorized. It may be that your VA hospital does not currently carry the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters are currently FDA-authorized and CDC recommended for those who are 65 and older; 50-64 with underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk for COVID; 18-49 with underlying health conditions, based on individual benefits and risks; and 18-64, whose job puts them at high risk of COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, if you are 75 years of age, and completed a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series at least 6 months ago (2 doses total), you would be eligible for a booster shot. Please check back with your facility as you should be offered a booster if you have had 2 doses of Pfizer with the last at least 6 months ago. Alternatively, you should be able to find a booster shot in the community free of charge, locations can be found at : https://www.vaccines.gov/

  24. Charles Kingman September 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Hmm. The only Covid vaccine available to veterans in my area was the Jansen. To my knowledge there isn’t a “booster” available. Is the VA going to force us to have a “booster” vaccine to continue to get lawfully guaranteed Healthcare from the VA? Looking at the current political climate this is a warranted question. After all the “Reconciliation Bill” being proposed has a provision to fine any company that employs an unvaccinated $700,000 per employee. Don’t believe me? Check out pages 168 and 169. If a political party is willing to bankrupt US companies what is to stop it from using mandates what is to stop it from mandating veterans vaccine or Healthcare? After reading every article provided by the VA it’s obvious that so many providers within the VA are fully supportive of such actions.
    I’m vaxed with the Jansen vaccine. It made me miserable for 10 days, altered my vision. I will not allow the VA to continue to use me as a lab project. Not 1 vaccine has been approved by the FDA outside “Emergency Approval”. If it means I don’t get continued Healthcare I will become yet another Veteran the VA has killed through inaction and policy. My question to you folks. How’s it feel to be a murderer?

    • John McDevitt September 30, 2021 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      How’s it feel to be uninformed? Pfizer was given full FDA approval on Aug 23, 2021. Look anywhere on the internet.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:51 am - Reply

      You are considered fully vaccinated after a single dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and CDC recommended against requirement for booster doses to be considered fully vaccinated. You are not required to get a booster dose, nor is it recommended for Janssen recipients at this time. We are sorry to hear that you had severe symptoms after your COVID-19 vaccine. There is a vaccine that is now fully FDA-approved for COVID-19 from Pfizer-BioNTech and we do anticipate approval for the Moderna and Janssen vaccines in the coming months.

  25. Gerald Cherry September 29, 2021 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I have been trying to get a booster and the flu shot since 22 September, but the response I got on flu is it starts sometime in October and could get no response on the Pfizer booster.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs September 30, 2021 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone and can be given during the same visit for COVID-19 Pfizer booster.

      • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:52 am - Reply

        The reason you hear about Pfizer in the news is they were the first to have an authorization by FDA for a booster dose. Moderna has sent data to the FDA that will be reviewed next, but Moderna boosters have not been authorized yet.
        Moderna has been FDA-authorized for a third dose for people with moderate to severe immune compromise so it may be that your third Moderna dose was recommended to you for that or a similar reason.

    • Charles S Jones September 30, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I got my Flu shot at the VA clinic in Texas yesterday.

  26. Gerald Martin September 29, 2021 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Is this compatible with other vaccines?My initial one was Moderna

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:21 am - Reply

      NO, you must stick with the same vaccine.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 7:55 am - Reply

      The CDC does not recommend mixing brands when receiving the booster. At this time, only individuals who received initial doses of Pfizer-BioNTech should receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose.
      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for recipients of the Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines. VA will plan to offer the Moderna booster vaccine when are authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.

  27. Dennis September 29, 2021 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Header mentons ” some veterans and spouses” but no mention of spouses in article.
    Poorly organized article.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Spouses may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from VA under the SAVE LIVES Act authority as long as your VA location carries the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and has sufficient supply to provide boosters to spouses of Veterans. Alternatively, spouses are able to receive a booster shot in the community free of charge, locations can be found at : https://www.vaccines.gov/

  28. Theo Bell September 29, 2021 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Does the Maderna vaccine also require a booster?

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:22 am - Reply

      It hasn’t been approved yet. The studies are still ongoing and once approved, they will, but right now the answer is NO.

  29. Anton Stanislaus Wojcik September 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks fir all the medical help, over all these years. God Bless all of You.

  30. Anton Stanislaus Wojcik September 29, 2021 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks fir the latest update, regarding the booster Shot.
    Looking forward to coming in and receiving these two shows.
    Thanks for all the care given over all these years.
    Sgt. Anton S. Wojcik, USMC,

    Thanks you for all of your services, over all these years.

    Tony Wojcik

  31. Anton Wojcik September 29, 2021 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Great information. Looking forward to receiving my third shot real soon. Will I receiv a call, just like fir the first two shoots?

    Thanks,

    Anton Wojcik Veteran

    • p.o.american October 1, 2021 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Whoever vets these comments are incompetent. They wantonly remove undesirable comments for whatever political reason, yet fail to redact a veterans ss#? Pathetic.

  32. George RBabsuelo September 29, 2021 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    When will Maderna boater shot
    be available will you let us know. I revived two shots of Maderna 1/13/21-2/10/2 inSept1 Had flu shot at north campus VA center. Thank you for letting us know. George R bansuelo

  33. Francie September 29, 2021 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Where can you get your covid booster and flu shot

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:24 am - Reply

      He posted the link in the article for where you can look. Also, you can contact your county health department or any major hospital. If they don’t offer them there, they will know where you can go.

  34. DAVID BREVARD September 29, 2021 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Thank You VAMC! Ii APPRECIATE THE QUALITY HEALTH CARE THAT YOU PROVIDE.

  35. stan rachesky September 29, 2021 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I received the first two Covid vaccines. I’m ready for my booster. I’m 82 years. The vaccines I received were Moderna. Does the VA only offer Pfizer?

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Right now, Phizer is the only one that is authorized at this time. Its not that the VA doesn’t want to offer one over the other, it is just that they are not allowed yet. Given time, there research will show when is best and safest for the other types to be given as a booster. It just hasn’t been proven safe and most effective yet!

  36. Mary Priest September 29, 2021 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I live in Albuquerque and I can’t even get my team to return my phone calls.

    • Department of Veterans Affairs October 1, 2021 at 8:59 am - Reply

      You have the option of where to receive your booster shot at no cost to you, both in and outside of VA.
      (1) You can message your PACT team or call your local VA healthcare center to ask about walk-in hours or schedule an appointment for your booster shot. If you are in a group that CDC recommends get a booster and received a Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series in VA 6 or more months ago, you should also hear from VA about a booster shot.
      (2) If you choose to get your vaccine outside of VA, you can locate a COVID-19 vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

  37. Bill Zardus September 29, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Can I go the VA and get a flu shot and Covid vaccine on the same day ?

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

      It was clearly stated in the article that, Yes, you can. It is safe and allowed.
      Just make sure to call ahead and verify that your local VA center is doing both.

  38. Colonel HERBERT S SMITH, USAF (RET) September 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU for the constant great support I receive from my VA providers. I am ready for my booster vaccine and will schedule. Scott Smith.

  39. Hoyt Gamble September 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update on the availability of the Covid booster shot. Sure wish the booster shot was available at the Camp Springs, MD VA Office.

  40. Corbet Williamson September 29, 2021 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    As a 72 year old, veteran who is classified as 100% disabled, I would like to have my 72 year old wife receive the booster but your site isn’t clear about this. Is she able to go into our VA in Augusta, Georgia and have the booster shot administered? I asked about this last week when I received my booster but was told it wasn’t possible.

  41. Paul Deane September 29, 2021 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this vital and yet important information on booster and flu shots.

  42. Daniel Dean September 29, 2021 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    What about VA patients that received the J&J? I got COVID while vaccinated with J&J and was very sick. I’d like a booster of Phizer.

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:29 am - Reply

      None of the vaccine manufacturers, the FDA and the CDC say that you can or should do that. J&J is different from the mRNA type vaccines that are Phizer or Maderna. There isn’t enough research yet, much less volunteers, that have had both to show that it is safe to take the two differing types of vaccines. One could nullify the other or both. OR, could cause other unintended affects. It is hard enough to get people to get the shots, now if you start having complications because of taking two different types, then you will never go those people to get the shots.
      Do yourself a favor and DONT do it. Follow the guidance from the experts. I am sure each of the other manufacturers want the fat check from the gov buying their vaccines for boosters and will have them available as soon as the research says it is safe and most effective.

  43. Ken Prince September 29, 2021 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I was at the VA today and told flu shots are not yet available and the Covid booster is only given if your doctor puts me in for it. I am 67, vaccinated in February. So what is the real story?

    • Jon September 30, 2021 at 9:33 am - Reply

      The real story is that the guidance on the booster has been changing and opening up daily over the last 10 days and really only openly given, ie – not case by case – to the public since a day or two ago. Each of the VA hospitals run on VA guidance, but yet, are still independently ran by the hospital chief of staff. IF the conditions at that facility are in a way in which they are not yet set up to give them, then they wont/cant.
      as for the Flu shot, you can go to any Walgreen’s or CVS and get them free.

  44. Armando C Salazar and Sherry Pace Salazar September 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this message. My husband and I received our 1st and 2nd March 20, and April 10,2021, by the the VA home health nurse, in our home. My husband is the Vet, and I am his VA caregiver. We are very pleased we will get our booster. Thank you.
    Sherry Pace Salazar

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