Washington DC VA Medical Center
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. VA is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to pause in providing the Janssen vaccine at this time. This pause is due to a concern about possible rare side effects. Your safety is our top priority. For more information, go to the CDC website. Read the CDC and FDA statement on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a vaccine appointment scheduled, your VA health facility will work with you to determine what to do next.
Congress has passed a new law that allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more people. VA is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities have enough vaccine:
- Spouse of a Veteran
- Caregivers of a Veteran
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
The best way to stay informed is to sign up to tell us you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Your local VA facility will then contact you when they have a vaccine for you.
For your continued health and safety during this pandemic, please don't come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment unless you are coming to a specific scheduled event such as a walk-in clinic or drive-through clinic that does not require an appointment.
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.
On April 1, 2021, Congress passed a new law, SAVE LIVES Act, which allows VA medical centers to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for more Veterans and spouses and caregivers of Veterans. Appointments will be scheduled based upon available COVID-19 vaccine supply. Please check back often for updates. We appreciate your patience as we prepare to offer more vaccines. If you'd like to get regular updates about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, sign up to stay informed.
The Washington DC VA Medical Center is currently administering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only to Veterans and those cited as part of the SAVE LIVES Act. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with the DC VA Medical Center, call 202-745-4342 during business hours.
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.
If you're not currently receiving health care through VA, find out if you're eligible for VA health care and how to apply.
What to Expect When Visiting the Medical Center During the Pandemic
- Masks are required to be worn at all times within the VA medical center or community clinic;
- Physical distancing is enforced; please plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment and plan to come alone unless you need the assistance of a caregiver;
- All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 before entering; and
- COVID-19 testing may be required before certain medical procedures regardless of your vaccination status.
- Washington DC VA Medical Center
Hours of Operation
By Appointment Only