VA Northern California Opens Vaccines to Veteran Spouses

UDPATE 04/06/2021

VA NorCal expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, caregivers and spouses under SAVE LIVES Act

The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) announced today it is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, and their caregivers and spouses, and some other beneficiaries under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden March 24, 2021. This includes:

  • All Veterans
  • Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.
  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits.

The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to prioritize Veterans enrolled in VA care.

For more information on VA NorCal’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts, please visit www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp.

Read more: https://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/NORTHERNCALIFORNIA/features/save_lives_act.asp

UPDATE 03/24/2021

Click photo for Facebook event page on the vaccine drive-up.

VA Northern California Health Care System is holding a drive-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather, CA. The address is 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655.

Enrolled Veterans who already receive their care at VA, regardless of age, and their registered caregivers will be able to receive a free COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine without leaving their vehicles. Veterans will also be scheduled to return 21 days later to receive a second dose of the vaccine during this event.

Appointments are required.

Enrolled Veterans and registered caregivers can request an appointment by:

  • Sending a Secure Message in My HealtheVet to COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS
  • Calling 1-800-382-8387 and selecting option 8. The VANCHCS call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

Caregivers must be registered in the VA Caregiver Support Program and will be verified by the scheduler when calling to make an appointment.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines at the VANCHCS, please visit https://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp.

Update (03/09/2021)

The VA Northern California Health Care System is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to all enrolled Veterans who already receive their care at VA, regardless of age, and their registered caregivers.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only at any of our vaccine clinics in Mather, Martinez, Auburn, Chico, Fairfield, Mare Island, McClellan, Oakland, Redding, Yreka and Yuba City. 

Enrolled Veterans and registered caregivers can request an appointment by:

  • sending a Secure Message in My HealtheVet to COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS
  • calling 1-800-382-8387 and selecting option 8. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

Caregivers must be registered in the VA Caregiver Support Program and will be verified by the scheduler when calling to make an appointment.

For the safety of our staff and Veterans, anyone without an appointment will not be able to access our campuses.

Bookmark our COVID-19 vaccines page to stay updated on our vaccine clinics. You can also sign-up for the VA’s “Keep Me Informed” tool to express your interest in getting the vaccine and receive updates about the VA’s vaccine efforts.

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. You can also call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. This hotline is the fastest way to be enrolled in VA care.

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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