COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
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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.

VANEOHS Vaccine Information:

 

WHO – 

  • All Veterans.
  • Spouses of Veterans
  • Caregivers of Veterans
  • CHAMPVA Recipients

HOW - 

Online:  VA will call eligible individuals who sign up to stay informed to schedule their vaccination appointments.  You can sign up through the link here:  https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed 

Phone:  Eligible individuals can call to schedule directly with VA using the VA Northeast Ohio Vaccine Scheduling Line at 216-707-7660. During high call volume times, the scheduling line may have long   wait times and   callers could be asked to leave a message.  VA will return calls for those who are interested in scheduling.   

 

WHERE -      

Akron VA Clinic Annex: 95 W Waterloo Rd., Akron, OH 44319

Canton VA Clinic: 733 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH 44702

Cleveland VA Medical Center: 10701 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Parma VA Clinic: 8787 Brookpark Rd., Parma, OH 44129

Youngstown VA Clinic: 1815 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504

 
NOT ENROLLED -  Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care can contact the VA Northeast Ohio Outreach team to explore their eligibility:  EnrollVANEO@VA.GOV / 216-707-7914. 

 

***Booster Vaccinations***
 
Vaccines will be offered to Veterans receiving care at VA who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago, and are 65 and older, and people 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions.  As supply and capacity permits, VA will offer booster doses to all other Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act (SLA), which was signed into law in March 2021. The law expanded VA’s authority to offer vaccine to include Veterans not traditionally eligible for VHA care, and others including spouses and caregivers of Veterans.  

SCHEDULING:  Veterans should call the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Line (216-707-7660) to schedule their booster dose if they fit into the eligible category. 

We will provide additional information at a later date regarding the option for those 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions, and those 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational or institutional setting who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago. 

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech 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 recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine(s). VANEOHS will plan to offer boosters for the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine if authorized and recommended.

 

***Third Dose Authorized for Immune Compromised Individuals.***

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people with moderate to severe immune compromise who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. There is no additional dose recommended for those who have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at this time. Other fully vaccinated individuals do not need a third dose right now. The need for and timing of COVID-19 third doses for the rest of the population have not been approved by the CDC. VA is following the CDC guidance in defining individuals who are immune compromised.  They are people with medical conditions or people receiving treatments that are associated with moderate to severe immune compromise.  Veterans, Veteran Spouses, Veteran Caregivers and CHAMP VA Recipients who fall into this category can call the Vaccine Scheduling Line at 216-707-7660 to schedule their 3rd dose. 

Why should you receive an additional dose if you are immunocompromised?  Studies indicate some immune compromised people don’t always build sufficient levels of immunity after vaccination and may benefit from an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure adequate protection against the virus.


Should you get the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as before?  Yes. The CDC recommends that people who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine use the same vaccine for their third dose. Additional doses of the J&J/Janseen vaccine are not recommended for severe immunocompromise at this time. 


Veterans who are eligible to receive a third dose and received the Moderna vaccine from an outside provider should refer to that provider for the third dose of Moderna.  VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System facilities do not carry the Moderna vaccine.

Please call the Vaccine Scheduling Line at 216-707-7660 to schedule your third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. 



Why Get The Vaccine?

VANEOHS is working diligently to ensure all Veterans and staff who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can. Hear from subject matter experts and Veterans on why getting the vaccine is important.  


Jose Rivera, RN - Emergency Department Nurse Manager & Combat Veteran

David Canaday, MD - Infectious Disease Physician & Associate Director of Research for the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

James Holmes - Congressional Liaison & U.S. Navy Veteran 

Usha Stiefel, MD - Chief of Infectious Diseases 

Brett Carroll, Pharm.D. - Vaccine Distribution Coordinator 






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  • VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

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  • 877-838-8262

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available