Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.
Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you.
Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs
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Who is getting the vaccine now?
Coatesville VAMC is now vaccinating Veterans 65 years of age and over with Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. We are offering the vaccine to Veterans who are at the greatest risk for infection and severe illness based on the CDC's guidelines and will continue to work our way through the established priority groups.
How will I be contacted about getting the vaccine?
Care teams will contact you when a vaccine is available to you based on your personal risk factors and vaccine availability. Using the information in your medical records, they will attempt to contact you by telephone first and then text or email based on your listed preferences.
Where are the vaccines being offered?
When you are called to schedule your vaccine appointment, you will be provided details about where to go on campus to get your shot. Currently, we are offering COVID vaccinations at our main medical center, the Delaware County and Spring City outpatient clinics. Vaccine clinic at the Coatesville Campus is located in building 139, across from parking lot D, and near the point of entry off of Blackhorse Hill Road.
Which coronavirus vaccine is Coatesville offering?
Coatesville VAMC is now vaccinating Veterans with Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.
What are the side effects of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?
According to the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization for the Moderna vaccine, the most common side effects are:
- Muscle aches and pain (myalgia)
- Joint pain (arthralgia)
- Swelling/tenderness in the armpit
- Injection site pain
- Redness at the injection site
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 Moderna 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 Moderna 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 Moderna 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.
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 as 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 vaccine. And, 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.
To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.
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