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.

Richmond VA Medical Center will offer 3rd dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

As of August 23, 2021, Richmond VA Medical Center offers access to a 3rd dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. To be eligible for this 3rd dose, patients must already be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine and have a condition that causes a compromised immune system.

You must have an appointment to receive a 3rd dose. No walk-ins will be allowed.

For eligibility criteria and ways to schedule, visit:

Veterans, spouses and caregivers 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.

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) is now offering COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients, as well as preprocedural patients via the Drive-Thru Clinic, located on the first floor of the parking garage.

All who are entering CVHCS facilities must continue wearing a mask or face covering, and all will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please proceed to the Drive-Thru Clinic between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday thought Friday. The Drive-Thru Clinic is located on the 1st floor of the parking garage. Outside of these hours, please proceed to the Emergency Department.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


CVHCS will NOT provide the vaccine for walk-in patients at its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville or Emporia.

The Spotsylvania County VA Clinic vaccine clinic will be available Fridays only from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 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 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All other services will be offered during regular business hours.

The Emporia CBOC is no longer offering vaccines.

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.

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
  • 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