COVID-19 Vaccines - Columbia VA Health Care System
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Columbia VA Health Care System

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

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

 

Columbia VA Health Care System

As of Feb. 25, 2021, the Columbia VA Health Care System has administered nearly 10,000 vaccinations to Veterans and employees!

We have expanded scheduling to additional categories based on federal guidance from the CDC, and are actively calling enrolled Veterans directly to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations in the following categories:

  • Outpatients 55 and older;
  • Veterans who are determined by their care provider to be at high-risk for a COVID-19 infection;
  • Community Residential Care homes;
  • All Columbia VA employees

Veterans who are 60 and older, and are currently enrolled in VA health care, will be in the next risk category. These Veterans can expect a phone call from our scheduling teams soon. However, if a Veteran is interested in receving a vaccine prior to being called, they may contact us through one of the methods below.  

Scheduling a vaccine appointment

We are closely following CDC and VA guidance for COVID-19 vaccine administration in a risk-based, phased approach. It is important to note, at this time, vaccine supply is very limited and a vaccination appointment may not be immediately available.

VA-enrolled Veterans can:

  • SEND: a secure message via myHealtheVet to your VA provider with your interest.
  • CALL our vaccination appointment line: 803-776-4000, DIAL 1, and then extension CURE (2873).
    • Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are on the Columbia VA’s campus for an appointment, ask your health care provider if you may be in one of the current risk categories and eligible to receive a vaccine. It is important to note that vaccinations are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and no walk-ins will be accepted.

Additionally, due to transportation restrictions of the Moderna vaccine, we are only offering vaccinations at the Columbia VA main campus at this time. We're actively working on a distribution plan to offer the vaccine at our community-based putpatient clinics.

Non-enrolled Veterans

If you are a Veteran, who is not currently enrolled in VA health care, but is interested in getting the vaccine, please visit our Eligibility page, or call us at 803-776-4000, option 5 to speak with our Welcome Center who can assist with determining your health care benefits eligibility. 

Travel Reimbursement

Travel eligibility for Veterans has not changed despite the pandemic.

  1. The Veteran or claimant must meet Beneficiary Travel administrative eligibility requirements and seek application for reimbursement after services are rendered; and
  2. Round trip reimbursement travel pay would be authorized if the COVID-19 vaccine appointment was pre-scheduled and there is medical documentation showing the COVID-19 vaccine was received.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info

Location

  • Columbia VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 803-776-4000 Ext. 1-2873

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available