COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System


COVID-19 Vaccines

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:

  • Veterans
  • 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines from the VA Maryland Health Care System

The VA Maryland Health Care System is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to all enrolled Veteran patients, regardless of their age.

To schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination, call our COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Line at 410-605-7740 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sign Up to Receive Real-Time Information About the Vaccine:

To receive real-time information about the distribution of the vaccine, we strongly encourage you and a family member to visit and go to “Connect with VA Maryland Health Care System” on the homepage to sign-up to receive Email Updates, follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook. This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine directly from us. You can also unsubscribe to any of these options at any time.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions & Answers:

Question: Why do I need a COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: COVID-19 has caused severe illness and death around the world. This is, in part, because the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person. The vaccine helps to prevent people from becoming infected and is the best way to slow or stop the spread of the virus.

Question: If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask in VA facilities?

Answer: No. Even if you receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll still need to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when you’re in a VA facility. You’ll also need to follow other VA safety rules like practicing physical distancing. This helps protect you, other Veterans, and our staff.


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Contact Info


  • VA Maryland Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-865-2441

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available