Basic information about getting your vaccine at VA
As the supply of vaccine increases, we’ll work with our care teams to let you know your options. It’s your choice if you want to get a vaccine or not. Your decision won’t affect your VA health care or any of your VA benefits in any way.
Where we’ll offer vaccines
Our VA health facilities provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Veterans who currently receive care at VA. We base eligibility on VA and CDC risk criteria.
Urgent care locations and retail pharmacies in our community care network also offer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Veterans. These locations follow their local, state, or territory vaccine plans. Eligible Veterans don’t receive priority over others seeking vaccines at these locations.
If you go to a community care location to get a COVID-19 vaccine, download our pharmacy information card (PDF). Show the card to the provider before you get your vaccine.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority as federal partners work to make COVID-19 vaccines available.
Before the FDA authorizes a vaccine for use, they carefully review the available safety data and clinical trial results for that vaccine. To learn more about the safety of the 3 authorized COVID-19 vaccines, read the FDA fact sheets in English and other languages.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets:
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets:
Janssen COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet:
We’ll closely monitor everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine for reactions, side effects, or adverse events. An adverse event is an injury or harm that happens to someone after they receive a vaccine, which may or may not have been caused by the vaccine.
We’ll report this information in our vaccine monitoring and tracking system. This is the same system we use to monitor reactions to all vaccines, including those for the flu and shingles.
To get more information about COVID-19 vaccine safety in different languages, go to the CDC website:
We’ll share the same information with the CDC that we share for other vaccines. This includes the following information:
- Demographic information (like age, gender, race, and ethnicity) that helps the CDC understand which groups of people are receiving the vaccine
- Adverse reactions to the vaccine
We won’t share names or street addresses.