VA NorCal COVID-19 Vaccine Update – 02 March 2021

UPDATE (03/02/2021)

The VA has opened up vaccinations to the following Veterans:

  • Age 55 & older
  • Essential workers regardless of age; you may be asked to show proof of essential work status)
    • Firefighters
    • Police officers
    • Corrections officers
    • Food & agriculture
    • U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
    • Manufacturing
    • Grocery stores
    • Public transit
    • Educational sector including teachers, support staff, and daycare
    • Transportation & logistics
    • Food service
    • Housing construction & finance
    • Information technology
    • Comunications
    • Energy
    • Law
    • Media
    • Public safety
    • Public health
  • On hemodialysis or chemotherapy
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • With diagnosis of ALS
  • Homeless
  • Residing in VA Centers for Rehabilitation & Extended Care (CRECs)

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at VANCHCS by appointment only. Veterans who receive their care at VA and fall in one of the groups listed above are being contacted and offered an appointment to receive a vaccine. If Veterans have not been contacted, they can send a My HealtheVet Secure Message to COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS or call 1-800-382-8387, select option 8, to request an appointment.

If you’re a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care, click here to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for VA health care. Once enrolled, you can request an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

UPDATE (02/01/2021)

VA’s goal is to offer the vaccine to all eligible Veterans who choose to be vaccinated. Following CDC guidance, we are currently offering vaccines to some of our highest-risk patients, including Veterans:

  • residing in our Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care
  • age 65 and older
  • on hemodialysis or chemotherapy
  • organ transplant recipients
  • with diagnosis of ALS
  • who are homeless.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are available by-appointment only. Veterans who receive their care at VA and fall in the one of the criteria listed above are being contacted and offered an appointment to receive a vaccine. If you’re a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care, click here to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for VA health care. Once enrolled, you can request an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible Veterans may contact us for an appointment via one of two methods:

Option One:

COVID Vaccine Secure Message  

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account: myhealth.va.govNote: you need a Premium account to access the Secure Messaging feature.​
  • On your home page, select the icon labeled “Messages.” ​
  • Select the Green icon labeled “Compose a Message.” ​
  • From here, filter the drop-down menu and select the team titled:​
    • COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS.
    • You can request an appointment day and time to receive your vaccination.
    • A scheduler will respond with your appointment confirmation and or other availability.

Option Two:

Contact our Call Center at 1-800-382-8387 and select option 8. Our call center is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you’re a Veteran who already receives care at VA and are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine, please do NOT call VANCHCS to inquire about vaccinations. Our operators and call centers are doing their best to schedule eligible Veterans and are being overwhelmed with calls about the vaccine. We request your patience and understanding as we work our way through the high-risk priority groups first.

In the meantime, please check for COVID-19 vaccination information updates on our website. You may also stay informed or express your interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.


UPDATE (01/27/2021)

We understand you may have questions about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). VANCHCS received its initial Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipment in late December and has been working non-stop to vaccinate health care providers and key operations staff to ensure uninterrupted service to our Veterans.

VA’s goal is to offer the vaccine to all eligible Veterans who choose to be vaccinated. Following CDC guidance, we are currently offering vaccines to some of our highest-risk patients, including Veterans:

  • Residing in our Center for Rehabilitation & Extended Care
  • Age 65 & older
  • On hemodialysis or chemotherapy
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • With diagnosis of ALS
  • Who are homeless.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only. Veterans who already receive their care at VA and fall in the one of the criteria listed above are being contacted and offered an appointment to receive a vaccine.

Eligible Veterans may contact us for an appointment via one of two methods:

Option One:  COVID Vaccine Secure Message

  • Login to your My HealtheVet account: myhealth.va.govNote: you need a Premium account to access the Secure Messaging feature.
  • On your home page, select the icon labeled “Messages.” 
  • Select the Green icon labeled “Compose a Message.” 
  • From here, filter the drop-down menu and select the team titled:
  • COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS.
  • You can request an appointment day and time to receive your vaccination.
  • A scheduler will respond with your appointment confirmation and or other availability.

Option Two: Contact our Call Center at 1-800-382-8387 and select option 8. Our call center is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you’re a Veteran who already receives care at VA and are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine, please do NOT call VANCHCS to inquire about vaccinations. Our operators and call centers are doing their best to schedule eligible Veterans and are being overwhelmed with calls about the vaccine. We request your patience and understanding as we work our way through the high-risk priority groups first.

In the meantime, please check for COVID-19 vaccination information updates on our website. You may also sign up for updates on the COVID-19 and express your in receiving one at www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed

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