COVID-19 Vaccines - Lebanon VA Medical Center
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Lebanon VA Medical Center

 

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.

The Saving Lives Act of 2021, recently signed by President Biden, expands VA’s authority to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following individuals:

  • Eligible Veterans:  Anyone who served in the U.S. military regardless of VA enrollment status, activation or discharge 
  • Eligible Spouses:  Includes marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages, a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you are eligible
  • Eligible Caregivers:  A family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran, helps the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, dressing or assists the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation 

Additional information on the expanded eligibility is available at https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5649.

How to get your COVID-19 Vaccine through Lebanon VA Medical Center or one of our VA Community Clinics. 

Lebanon VA is currently vaccinating all enrolled veterans and Saving Lives Act individuals. Please do not delay getting your vaccine. All vaccinations are by scheduled appointment unless otherwise indicated.

  • Call 717-228-5965 or 717-272-6621, extension 5965 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. A vaccine appointment will be scheduled at the Lebanon VAMC Vaccine Clinic (Building 24) or closest VA Community Clinic having available vaccine. Once Saving Lives Act individuals are scheduled, a VA enrollment specialist will contact you to complete pre-registration.
  • Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries, newly eligible under the law, may also go to this link, https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine from VA. Signing up will also give users regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process.
  • Please arrive at the time and location specified for your appointment. Early arrival is not necessary as a vaccine is matched to your appointment time. A registration form will be completed upon your arrival for appointment. Saving Lives Act individuals will need to indicate if they are a non-enrolled Veteran, a spouse of a Veteran or a caregiver of a Veteran. Spouses and caregivers will also need to provide the full name of their Veteran to complete the registration process.

Want to receive information updates?

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine is changing quickly. Sign up for the Keep Me Informed tool for more information. and SAVING LIVES Act individuals who wish to indicate their interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine can do so at that time.

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Helpful information about the COVID-19 Vaccine

If you're an enrolled Veteran in VA health care and eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you by text or phone call. Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can call our enrollment office at 717-228-6000, visit our enrollment office in Building 17 on the first floor or visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs. Be sure to have your DD-214 or discharge papers when you apply to enroll. Additional documentation may also be required.

Who is getting the vaccine now?

  • Eligible Veterans:  Anyone who served in the U.S. military regardless of VA enrollment status, activation or discharge
  • Eligible Spouses:  Includes marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages, a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you are eligible
  • Eligible Caregivers:  A family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran, helps the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, dressing or assists the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation

Call our COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Line 717-228-5965 to make an appointment for your first vaccine. Your second vaccine will be scheduled as soon as you have had your first.

How will I be contacted about getting the vaccine?

VA staff will contact you when a vaccine is available. When you receive a text or call to schedule your vaccine appointment, you will be provided details about where to go to get your shots. Currently, we are offering COVID vaccinations at our main medical center and community clinics (when supply permits).

I have a specific medical condition and don't know if it's a good idea for me to be vaccinated. Who should I ask?

If you have a question about your personal medical history, or how your personal risk for COVID-19 will determine when you can get a vaccine, please communicate with your VA care team or health care provider by sending them a secure message. You can also visit the Keep Me Informed tool which may answer your questions.

Can Veterans receive the two doses of COVID- 19 vaccines at different VA facilities or other locations?

No. Veterans must go to the same facility for both COVID-19 vaccine doses. This is necessary because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sends second doses of each vaccine to the same VA facility where the first dose was administered. This not only ensures that there are enough second doses in each location; it also ensures that Veterans will receive the same vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) for both the first and second dose. It is important that Veterans receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully effective in protecting against COVID-19. It is also important that Veterans get both doses from the same company, as there are no studies showing effectiveness or side effects, when the two doses are from different manufacturers. Veterans who are moving or relocating and have any questions about their ability to get both vaccine doses at the same location, should reach out to their care team before getting their first vaccine dose.

Veterans who are moving or relocating and have any questions about their ability to get both vaccine doses at the same location should reach out to their care team before getting their first vaccine dose.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

According to the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine, the most common side effects are:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and pain (myalgia)
  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling/tenderness in the armpit
  • Injection site pain
  • Redness at the injection site
  • Fever

For most people, the side effects lasted no more than 72 hours. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is working to build protection against the virus. All participants in clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines, experienced similar side effects during the trial phase. Serious adverse events were rare. There is a remote chance that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

VA is taking precautions to ensure those with a history of a severe allergic reaction to the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine, or to other vaccines, do not receive the vaccine. VA is also ensuring that VA clinicians are fully prepared to respond to a severe allergic reaction post vaccination.

Contact Info

Location

  • Lebanon VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-409-8771

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available