COVID-19 Vaccines - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three 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

Current St. Cloud VA Vaccine Stage 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update, March 5, 2021

In Brief:

  • Including clinics scheduled through Saturday, March 6, we will have provided more than 14,400 total doses of vaccine. 
  • When scheduled please arrive on time to help avoid a line. 
  • Our vaccination effort has now transitioned into CDC Phase 1c. 
  • We now have been provided two vaccines, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • If you have been vaccinated outside of VA, please contact your PACT or send them a secure message to let us know. 
  • COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic and to keep you healthy

Please arrive on time
We know you don’t like waiting and we don’t like asking you to wait. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 5 to 10 minutes prior to your appointment. 

We appreciate the desire to get vaccinated, but to serve the most Veterans as effectively as possible, we schedule appointments specifically to avoid forming lines. This increases ease, comfort and convenience for you, helps keep everyone safe, and allows us to maintain a steady and respectful vaccination pace. 

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation. 

Our vaccination effort has transitioned into CDC Phase 1c 

Enrolled Veterans 65 to 74 years of age, or those younger than 65 with a high-risk condition listed below, or who are other essential workers as defined by the CDC may call and schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointments by calling 320-252-1670 and selecting option 8. 

Additionally, we continue to schedule enrolled Veterans 75 and older, or enrolled Veterans who are frontline essential workers regardless of health condition or age, and other previous risk groups (Phase 1a and 1b). 

The high-risk conditions in Phase 1c are:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised
  • Organ transplant
  • Obesity [BMI] of 30kg/m2 or higher
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type1 & 2 diabetes
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Chronic kidney disease 

A listing of other essential workers in Phase 1c, as defined by CDC, is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/categories-essential-workers.html 

We now have received two vaccines 

The St. Cloud VA HCS has received an initial supply of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine. 

We will continue to use the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We continue to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine weekly. Ongoing availability of the Janssen vaccine is not yet clear. 

Veteran scheduling appointments may be offered either the Moderna or the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine depending on availability and clinic scheduling. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is given in two doses; the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be given 28 days after the first dose. The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is given in one dose. 

Both vaccines are effective. Generally, the best vaccine is the one that can be administered first, and it is recommended that Veterans get the earliest vaccine offered. 

Some Veterans may prefer a specific vaccine due to a variety of reasons. However, due to the limited supply of vaccines at this time, Veteran choice related to COVID-19 vaccines may be limited by a variety of factors (e.g. supply, storage, and distribution requirements). Veterans who have specific concerns or questions about a vaccine should reach out to their care providers.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic and to keep you healthy. 

Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. 

The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. 

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available and getting vaccinated is one way you can do your part. 

Who’s next? 

If you are currently not eligible to receive a vaccine at this time, please monitor this page of our website or our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stcloudvahcs for updates.  You are also highly encouraged to indicate your interest in getting a vaccine by filling out the vaccine interest form at: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed.  

What if? 

  • If you are an enrolled Veteran who has received their vaccine outside of VA, please send a secure message or call your PACT to report your vaccination. 
  • If you are undecided about getting a vaccine, rest assured the vaccines are safe, effective, and getting your vaccine helps to keep those that matter to you safe! 
  • To receive a vaccine at the St. Cloud VA you must be a Veteran enrolled and eligible for VA health care benefits. If you are a Veteran that is interested in receiving care at the VA but are not yet enrolled, please apply for VA health care online or call 320-255-6340. 

Thank you--we look forward to seeing you!  

To provide the best service to you please use these self-service tools:

• Update contact information* https://www.va.gov/change-address/

• Schedule or view appointments online https://www.va.gov/health.../schedule-view-va-appointments/

• Get email updates on COVID-19 vaccines https://www.va.gov/health.../covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed

• Read questions frequently asked about the COVID-19 vaccines https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

• Enroll in VA Health Care https://www.va.gov/health.../apply/application/introduction

• Volunteer for VA’s COVID-19 research https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-research

*Important: Veterans are strongly encouraged to submit address changes through va.gov rather than My HealtheVet.




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

Contact Info

Location

  • St. Cloud VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-247-1739

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available