COVID-19 Vaccines - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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Coatesville Veterans Affairs 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.

Want to receive information updates?

The best way to stay informed is to sign-up by requesting a COVID-19 vaccine through the keep me informed tool.  Coatesville VAMC will then contact you when a vaccine is readily available for you.

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Who is getting the vaccine now?

Coatesville VAMC is now vaccinating all Veterans, including those who are not enrolled or eligible for VA health care, Veteran spouses, Veteran caregivers, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries, as defined by the newly signed SAVE LIVES Act.

Eligible Veterans
Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible to be vaccinated through VA

Eligible Spouse
For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a spouse to include marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine.

Eligible Caregivers
For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.

CHAMPVA Benficiaries
Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits.

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 you provided, they will attempt to contact you by telephone first and then text or email based on your listed preferences. We recommend you indicate your interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you can do so by using the Keep Me Informed tool.

Where are the vaccines being offered?

When you are called to schedule your vaccine appointment, you will be provided details about where to go to get your shot. Please do not visit the VA medical facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. Currently, we are offering COVID vaccinations at our main medical center, the Delaware County and Spring City outpatient clinics. The vaccine clinic at the Coatesville Campus is located in building 139, across from parking lot D, and near the Veteran’s point of entry off of Blackhorse Hill Road.

How do I schedule an appointment?

All Veterans and individuals eligible under the SAVE LIVES Act may call (610) 384-7711 extension 5110, to schedule a vaccination appointment or sign-up online using the “Keep Me Informed” tool at www.va.gov/covid-19-vaccinePlease do not visit the VA medical facility for a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.

Which coronavirus vaccine is Coatesville offering?

Coatesville VAMC is now offering both the Moderna and the Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

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:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and pain (myalgia)
  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling/tenderness in the armpit
  • Injection site pain
  • Redness at the injection site
  • Fever

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.

What are the side effects of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported with the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine include:

 Injection site reactions:

  • pain
  • redness of the skin
  • swelling

 General side effects:

  • headache
  • feeling very tired
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • fever

There is a remote chance that the Janssen 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 Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.

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. 

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected effects may occur. The Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

Contact Info

Location

  • Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 610-384-7711 Ext. 5110

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available