COVID-19 Vaccines - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System

 

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.

VA is resuming offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older. This is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots. After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low.

Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options. The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA's priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, visit www.va.gov/covidvaccine/.

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.

Orlando VA Healthcare System COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Orlando VA Healthcare System has temporarily paused administration of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine based on CDC and FDA recommendations. We are still offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, which are proven to be safe and effective. See the schedule below of where you can receive the vaccine. 

At this time, we're offering COVID-19 vaccines first to these 2 groups when the Veteran is eligible based on VA and CDC risk criteria:

These groups are now also eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as supply allows:

  • 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

Walk-ins available at the following locations: Daytona, Viera, Lake Baldwin and Lake Nona.


COVID-19 OVAHCS Vaccine Clinics May 3-May 7: 

Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona 4th Floor Main Auditorium: Monday -Wednesday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins. Pfizer and Janssen (J&J) Vaccine.

Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center Auditorium B: Monday -Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins. Pfizer Vaccine Monday-Wednesday. Janssen (J&J) Vaccine Thursday-Friday. 

Viera VA Health Care Center Drive-Up: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointment and walk-ins. Moderna Vaccine Monday-Wednesday-Friday, Janssen (J&J) Tuesday-Thursday.
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Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty CBOC: Room 182: 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins. Moderna Vaccine Monday-Thursday. Jannsen (J&J) Friday. 


Important Requirements —
  • If you receive the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine you must be able to return to the clinic you received your first shot at for a second dose.

Veterans can schedule an appointment at 407.631.0499 (Available Monday- Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.).

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page or for more eligibility information, review applicable income limitations.

Contact Info

Location

  • Orlando VA Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 407-631-0499

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only