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

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

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

VA is now offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to Veterans, spouses and caregivers who have already received a full series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. Not all VA facilities are offering Pfizer booster shots. Learn more about COVID-19 booster shots in VA.

You can also receive your Pfizer booster outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

We continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated.

Orlando VA Healthcare System COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID-19 Vaccine: Booster Shots, Third Dose and the Flu vaccine -September 28, 2021

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster shot. FDA and CDC continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine(s). 

Who can get a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at VA?

Individuals who received both doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine more than 6 months ago and fall into one of the following categories:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
  • People over 18 with underlying medical conditions
  • People 18 to 64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting

 Individuals with the following underlying health conditions are eligible to get a booster shot:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney, Lung, or Liver Disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Conditions
  • HIV Infection
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell or Thalassemia
  • Smoking (current or former)
  • Solid organ/blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Substance use disorders

We will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccines to Veterans receiving care at VA and VA employees, and all other Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits.

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can request an appointment at 407-631-0499 for your Pfizer booster shot whether you received your initial series at VA or outside of VA. Please note that there must be a minimum interval of six months between the second dose of your initial Pfizer series and your Pfizer booster dose. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card! This is particularly important if your initial series was given outside of VA.

Appointments are strongly encouraged but walk-ins will be honored as capacity and vaccine supply allows. The Pfizer booster shot is currently only available at the clinics listed below.

Orlando VA Medical Center-Lake Nona: 4th Floor Auditorium

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins. Pfizer vaccine. Please note Mondays are by appointment only.

Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center: Auditorium B

Monday -Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins for 1st and 2nd doses. Pfizer Vaccine. Third doses by appointment only.

Viera VA Health Care Center: Conference Room F535

Pfizer Thursdays ONLY 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. by appointment. We will honor same day walk-ins if there is capacity and vaccine supply available. 

1st and 2nd dose appointments for Moderna still available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty CBOC: Room 182

Pfizer Thursday ONLY 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. by appointment. We will honor same day walk-ins if there is capacity and vaccine supply available. 

1st and 2nd dose appointments for Moderna still available Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m. by appointment.

What if I receive my booster shot or third dose outside of VA?

If you decide to receive your booster shot or third dose outside of VA, we encourage you to share this information with your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) at your next VA appointment or via secure message using MyHealtheVet.

Can I get the flu shot at the same appointment as my COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone and can be given during your same visit for COVID-19 vaccination.  VA can only provide flu vaccines to employees, Veterans and those who qualify for VA Healthcare Benefits. Details: https://www.va.gov/health-care/eligibility/

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