Information of Interest
Haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine? Now’s the time.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is more important than ever. The Delta Variant, a new
variant of the virus now in the U.S., is more easily spread and can cause severe disease.
Vaccines are highly effective against illness, but the ‘Delta Variant’ causes more infections
and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. The more a virus
spreads, the more it mutates, and the more variants can emerge.
Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to
occur. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants
persist. Numerous variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being tracked in the
United States and globally during this pandemic.
If you’re fully vaccinated, that’s great. The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against
this variant. Nevertheless, if you’re unvaccinated, you’re at risk.
How to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you:
• Search http://www.vaccines.gov
• Text your ZIP code to 438829
• Call 1-800-232-0233
Reminder: Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there’s no cost to you.
Who can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA?
Many VA health facilities and clinics now offer COVID-19 vaccines to these groups:
• 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
• This includes anyone who served in the U.S. military, including the U.S. National
Guard, Reserves, or Coast Guard.
• This also includes anyone who served in any of these roles:
Commissioned officer of the Regular or Reserve Corp of the Public Health Service, or
Commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (or
Coast and Geodetic Survey), or
Cadet at the U.S. Military, Air Force, or Coast Guard Academy, or
Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy
Eligible adolescents ages 12 to 17 can now get a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at VA facilities
that provide this vaccine.
Adolescents are eligible if they meet either of these requirements:
▪ They receive CHAMPVA benefits, or
▪ They help provide care or assistance to a Veteran
Here’s what to know:
▪ The Pfizer-BioNTech is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in adolescents
at this time. Not all VA health facilities offer this vaccine right now. Check with your
VA facility before you go to get a vaccine.
Find your nearest VA health facility that offers COVID-19 vaccines
▪ The adolescent’s parent or legal guardian must come with them to get the vaccine.
Both the adolescent and their parent or guardian must give their consent for the
If you have questions about getting a vaccine at VA: call MyVA411 main information line
at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711).