VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. VA is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to pause in providing the Janssen vaccine at this time. This pause is due to a concern about possible rare side effects. Your safety is our top priority. For more information, go to the CDC website. Read the CDC and FDA statement on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a vaccine appointment scheduled, your VA health facility will work with you to determine what to do next.
Congress has passed a new law that allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more people. VA is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities have enough vaccine:
- Spouse of a Veteran
- Caregivers of a Veteran
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
The best way to stay informed is to sign up to tell us you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Your local VA facility will then contact you when they have a vaccine for you.
For your continued health and safety during this pandemic, please don't come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment unless you are coming to a specific scheduled event such as a walk-in clinic or drive-through clinic that does not require an appointment.
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.
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) is pleased to announce that we have opened eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to all enrolled and eligible Veterans.
If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine you may schedule an appointment when checking in for your next VA appointment or you may call our call center at 888-336-8262. Please note, our call center has been receiving higher than normal call volume and you may experience long hold times. The call center is open 24/7 and shorter hold times may be experienced by calling after 6 p.m. and before 8 a.m.
If you are able to receive your vaccine in the community sooner, please do so. We know that this is a personal decision and we encourage eligible Veterans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine is available to them. VA respects and understands that some people may prefer a particular vaccine due to a variety of reasons. However, due to the limited supply of vaccines currently available, facilities may not be able to offer more than one vaccine manufacturer at this time.
Congress has passed a new law that allows VA to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more Veterans, some spouses, and caregivers of Veterans. While VA works to implement this law, please let us know if your loved ones or caregivers are interested by signing up at www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed. We appreciate your patience as we prepare to offer more vaccines. If you know a Veteran who would like to enroll in VA health care, please direct them to www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.
Thank you for your service and thank you for choosing VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System for your health care needs.
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