COVID-19 Vaccines - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


COVID-19 Vaccines

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:

  • Veterans
  • 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:

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.


Veterans may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine as walk-in patients at Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) vaccine clinic in Richmond, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CVHCS will NOT provide the vaccine for walk-in patients at its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville or Emporia.

Starting next week, the Fredericksburg Mary Washington vaccine clinic will be available Fridays only from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for previously scheduled vaccine appointments. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

Starting May 27, the CBOC vaccine clinic in Charlottesville will be open Thursdays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

The CBOC vaccine clinic in Emporia is no longer offering first dose appointments, but all previously scheduled 2nd dose appointments will be honored. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

Definitions of the eligible groups are:

Eligible Veterans: Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible to be vaccinated through VA.
Eligible Spouse: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a spouse to include marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine. Please go to the Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA page to register. 
Eligible Caregivers: 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.

Media and stakeholder point-of-contact for this release is Tim Parish, Public Affairs Officer, Central Virginia VA Health Care System;; 804-675-5242. (Tim Parish cannot schedule eligible persons for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Please go to the Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA page to register.)

What else should I know?

Veterans are asked to please remain patient as our vaccination effort continues. Each Veteran will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. To help minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure to yourself, fellow Veterans and staff, please plan to check-in for your vaccination no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Each scheduled Veteran will receive their vaccination. Each facility has visible signage to direct Veterans to the vaccination clinic. Please look for these signs and ask a team member if you need further assistance. Currently, no visitors are being allowed inside our facilities, however, Veteran caregivers are permitted to assist Veterans. Our team’s goal is to provide the best possible experience while we serve you.

Please keep in mind the following to keep yourself, your loved ones, your fellow Veterans and our team safe:

  • CVHCS is actively screening everyone at all entrances
  • No visitors are allowed at this time
  • Only one Veteran caregiver is allowed to assist Veterans to and from their appointment
  • No visitors to any inpatient ward except to see critically ill patients who may be toward the end of life (at attending physician’s discretion)
  • Only one visitor at a time will be permitted to see a critically ill patient. If possible, the critically ill patient should be limited to one visitor daily
  • Persons under age 18 are currently not being permitted to enter our facilities
  • Veterans experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call the Nurse Call Center at 804-675-5542 before you visit!
  • Valet service will function as normal

Where can I find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Veterans and Veteran caregivers may learn more about the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 vaccine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Want to participate in a COVID-19 research study? Visit this link:

Contact Info


  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available