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 two COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.

If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you. You don't need to reserve a vaccine, or come to a VA facility to request or receive a vaccine until we contact you. Our staff will only provide vaccines to Veterans who are currently eligible for one based on VA and CDC risk criteria.

COVID-19 Vaccine

 The VA Maryland Health Care System has begun administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to enrolled Veteran outpatients. We are notifying Veterans when they are eligible to receive the vaccine based on VA and CDC designated risk factors. Currently, eligible Veterans are being scheduled for an appointment to receive a vaccination at the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers and the Cambridge VA Outpatient Clinic. We plan to offer the COVID-19 vaccine at all locations throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System in the near future.

You do not need to request the vaccine because you will be notified when you are eligible and provided instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination. Our staff will only provide vaccines to Veterans who are currently eligible based on VA and CDC risk criteria.

Express Your Interest in Receiving the Vaccine:

Veterans can sign up to express their interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.

COVID-19 Vaccine Questions & Answers: 

Question: How will I know when I can get the vaccine?

Answer: Veterans are being notified when they are eligible to receive the vaccine based on CDC designated risk factors. You do not need to call and request the vaccine since you will be notified when you are eligible and provided instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination.

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: How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will I need to take?

Answer: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses 21 days a part, so you will be scheduled for both vaccination dates and times when are eligible and notified to schedule your appointment.

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.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Maryland Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-865-2441

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available