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

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

What is Central Virginia VA Health Care System’s (CVHCS) vaccination plan?

While CVHCS continues to offer treatment and services for all your health care needs, the COVID-19 vaccination effort is our main priority as a health care system. CVHCS has a phased plan based on VA and CDC guidance for Veteran risk criteria. CVHCS’s goal is to serve as many Veterans as vaccination supply allows. Each Veteran who currently receives VA health care will be offered the vaccine when CVHCS reaches their risk group, based on VA and CDC guidance. If you are a Veteran who is eligible for VA benefits and are not yet enrolled, it is critical that you enroll as soon as possible. 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

Where and how is CVHCS offering the vaccine?

CVHCS is currently holding vaccination clinics at the Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg-Mary Washington facilities. Veterans 65 and older wishing to schedule a vaccination may contact their Primary Care team via telephone or MyHealtheVet secure messaging or speak to an appointment scheduling representative while inside one of our clinics. If you are age 65 or older, we will be contacting you via telephone to schedule your vaccination appointment. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook for the latest news, information and COVID-19 updates.

How is CVHCS contacting Veterans?

CVHCS is currently calling Veterans 65 and older to schedule vaccination appointments. Veterans 65 and older wishing to schedule a vaccination may contact their primary care team or speak to an appointment scheduling representative while inside one of our clinics. As more vaccines become available, we hope to increase our capacity and expand clinics to all our sites of care. We ask that you please remain patient and know we are working to maximize our efficiency and each Veteran will receive a vaccination if they choose.

Which Veteran group is currently receiving the vaccination?

CVHCS is currently scheduling Veterans 65 and older for vaccination appointments. As more vaccines become available, we hope to increase our capacity and expand clinics to all our sites of care. We ask that you please remain patient and know we are working to maximize our efficiency and each Veteran will receive a vaccination if they choose.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html.

Want to participate in a COVID-19 research study? Visit this link: https://www.richmond.va.gov/docs/COVID_Study_Huizar.pdf

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info

Location

  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-5000

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available