COVID-19 Vaccines - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA.

We are working to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as quickly as possible.

Easier access to vaccines and more people eligible

VA is adding walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at all VA facilities and outpatient clinics that offer COVID-19 vaccines. Please check hours for vaccination clinics.

Congress has passed a law which allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 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

If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA you will need to wear a face mask, and physical distancing measures will be in place. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit: www.va.gov/covidvaccine.

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.

Hampton VA Health Care System has begun providing COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers participating in the VA’s Program of General Caregiver Support Services.  Vaccinations are available by appointment ONLY.  All Veterans can call 757-722-9961 ext. 7500 to set up an appointment for shot clinics at Hampton University, Chesapeake CBOC and Norfolk VFW or respond to our VEText to schedule your vaccination; text messages will always come from 53079.

 How and When to Get a Vaccine

  • If eligible, must be registered with VA (www.va.gov); Use QR code to self-register:
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o Please provide your mobile cell phone to ensure your appointment can be offered via text message

  

Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from VA due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. Under the Saves Lives bill, covered individuals are:

o Veterans

o Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible

o Spouses of a Veteran; To include marriage, same-sex, and common-law marriages

o Caregivers of a Veteran

o An employee, family member, or friend who provides care to the  

   Veteran; including but not limited to, personal needs like feeding, 

   bathing, dressing, shopping, or transportation

o Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of

   Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

 

During this phase of limited vaccine supply, we expect interest to far exceed vaccine availability. That’s why we continue to follow CDC guidelines for vaccine administration to ensure those at greatest risk for severe illness are offered the vaccine as it becomes available. 

 

The Hampton VA Health Care System must prioritize the vaccination of:

(1) Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system,

(2) Veterans who fail to enroll but receive hospital care and medical services for specified disabilities in their first 12 months of separation from service, and

(3) Caregivers accompanying such prioritized Veterans. Additionally, vaccines furnished abroad are authorized to be furnished in a geographic location other than a state regardless of whether vaccines are needed for the treatment of Veterans with a service-connected disability. That includes those participating in a VA rehabilitation program


The Moderna vaccine (2 shots required) is being offered at the Hampton University Convocation Center Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm and at the Chesapeake Outpatient Clinic, Tuesdays and Fridays 8am – 12pm.

The J&J Janssen vaccine is being offered on Tuesdays and Fridays 8am through 4pm at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 5728 Bartee Drive, Norfolk VA.  We are also offering the Janssen vaccine on Tuesdays and Fridays 8am through 12pm at bldg.114 on Hampton’s Main Campus.

We strongly recommend taking whichever vaccine is available to you first as all the available vaccines are FDA-authorized and have been shown to be safe and effective. They all prevent illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 and reduce the risk of spreading infection to others.

 

Thank you for your patience and trusting us for your health care.

 



Ask about a Virtual Visits

Virtual appointments via video or telephone are an effective way for our providers to address your health needs while limiting potential COVID-19 exposure. Instead of a face-to-face visit, we encourage patients to ask about a virtual visit first. It replaces a traditional face-to-face visit with either a telephone or video appointment to determine how to provide safe, effective, individual care after that.

Virtual visits are especially beneficial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical supplies during this national pandemic. If you need an appointment or have questions, call our call center or send a secure message on MyHealtheVet.


If You Come to a VA Facility

Everyone Is Screened Before Entering VA property

Onsite screenings require all patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, and team members to answer questions about potential symptoms, temperature checks, and wearing a mask. This process will help protect everyone from the spread of infection. Please place your mask on before you are screened.


Face Masks Are Mandatory on VA Property

Everyone must wear face masks at all times when on VA property. Face masks are scientifically proven to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Refusing to wear a mask is considered unsafe and disruptive to our health care operations and can result in removal from VA property. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided for you. Learn more about how to wear a face mask, the research, and the types of masks.


VA has Enhanced Our Cleaning Procedures, Sanitization, and Hand Hygiene Education.

We continue to update our cleaning procedures as we clean and sanitize after every patient interaction—we clean exam rooms and equipment with CDC-approved products. Clean hands save lives. Hand sanitizing stations and signage are seen throughout our facilities, encouraging hand hygiene for all. Learn more about hand hygiene.


New Physical Distancing Protocol During In-Person Visits

We are limiting face-to-face visits and restructuring out waiting for areas to adhere to CDCs physical distancing guidelines. Floor decals and elevator signs have been placed at all of our facilities to indicate the safe distance from one another.


Care for COVID-19

If you have been in contact with a person who has COVID19 Contact your primary care team or the Clinical Contact Center at 1-800-722-9961 to talk to our clinical staff for a virtual consultation – before coming into the facility. If you are experiencing extreme medical symptoms, call 911, and contact 1-800-722-9961 X4900 within 72 hours of emergency admission.


Visitors Guidelines:

-  No visitors will are permitted for our high-risk patients in the community living center. Virtual visits with family members are available.
-  Inpatient visitors are limited to one support person per day.
-  Patients who require assistance due to mobility, interpretation, or health care decision making may have one additional support person.
-  Urgent Care patients may have one support person
-  Surgical or procedural patients may have one support person.
-  Visitor exceptions are made for end-of-life situations and other exceptional circumstances and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


Medication Refill:

To limit exposure, get your prescription refills by mail by doing any of the following:

Use MyHealtheVet (www.myhealth.va.gov)
Call center: 1-800-722-9961
If you are out of medication and refills, please call the call center for assistance at 1-800-722-9961.

VA Employees:

All employees are 100 percent screened for COVID19.If employees have been exposed to COVID19 they should seek consolation from occupational health and/or their CBOC nurse manager for further guidance on work status.

Employees that have symptoms of a fever with cough or fever with shortness of breath will immediately cease patient care activities, don a facemask (if not already wearing), and notify their supervisor or occupational health services prior to leaving work. Employees will seek medical attention with their provider.

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

 

















Contact Info

Location

  • Hampton VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 757-722-9961 Ext. 7500

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available