COVID-19 Vaccines - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA 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.


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The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is now offering daily COVID-19 vaccinations in the Auditorium at its main campus on 3200 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.  

Monday-Friday 8am to 3:30pm to all Veterans, Spouses, and Caregivers under the Saves Lives Act!

No appointment needed. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both available. Spouses and caregivers are also eligible for the vaccine, but will need to register at the eligibility office located in the front lobby of the Medical Center (sign-in at the welcome desk).

Note: The daily COVID-19 vaccinations are "only" at this time happening at the main Medical Center. We are working on a plan to make daily/routine vaccinations available at all of our six Community Based Outpatient Clinics in the near future.

Veterans who are currently enrolled in the Cincinnati VA and have received a COVID-19 vaccination elsewhere, are encouraged to provide his/her documentation with their primary care provider at their next appointment.  Veterans may also use My HealtheVet (Secure Messaging) to upload their vaccination document of record or bring it by the Medical Center auditorium during your next visit to the Cincinnati VA.

Please see below for additional information, screening questions, the current visitor policy and mask guidance.

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The following measures are in place with a focus on your safety:  

Updated Guidelines for Inpatient/Outpatient Visitors. Please note for safety during this time we are limiting visitors to age 18 and older. 

Inpatient (Does not apply to the Community Living Center, the CLC will continue use of current VHA Guidance):

  • Based on improvement of community COVID rates, as well as vaccine deployment, family members may now visit inpatients.
  • Steps for visitors:
- Visitors will be allowed into the facility during visiting hours. At the present time, these hours are from 1p-7p.

- All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID as they come into the facility. Visitors are not permitted if they exhibit any respiratory illness symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc..)

- A single visitor is allowed in the facility at a time for a period that will be at the discretion of the clinical team. Please contact your clinical team for more information.

- The number of single visitors allowed over the course of the day will be at the discretion of the clinical team. Please contact your clinical team for more information. 

  • Visitors will be required to use appropriate personal protective measures, including a facemask, and follow the guidance of VA staff. A face mask and shield can be provided if needed.
  • When family members visit, they should not congregate in numbers that do not allow for proper social distancing and safety in areas of the hospital. VA Employees may ask family members to take turns coming into facility to visit family members so that social distancing requirements are maintained.

Outpatient:

  • When Veterans arrive for outpatient appointments, family members/escort/visitors are asked to remain outside, and the Veteran go to their appointment on their own.
  • In instances when the Veteran has a family member with them who states that the Veteran requires their assistance, for either mental or physical limitations, the family members/escort/visitors may stay with the Veteran to assist them.
  • All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID as they come into the facility. Visitors are not permitted if they exhibit any respiratory illness symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc..)
  • Visitors will be required to use appropriate personal protective measures, including a facemask, and follow the guidance of VA staff. A face mask and shield can be provided if needed.

SCREENING
We will continue to require all who enter our facilities to answer screening questions and we will continue to take everyone’s temperature prior to entry. 


VIRTUAL VISITS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
We will continue to practice social distancing and provide clinical care options through virtual means such as Veteran Video Connect (VVC) or telephonically, as clinically appropriate. We will mark appropriate distances on the floors and have seating placement to represent appropriate social distancing, avoid tight spacing and reduce the likelihood of spread.


MASKS FOR ALL
To keep everyone safe and slow the potential spread, we are requiring everyone at all Cincinnati VA Medical Center facilities to wear a mask at all times.

 

All events are cancelled until further notice. This includes tables, booths, exhibits, ribbon cuttings, food pantries, health fairs, job fairs, etc. Treatment Groups/Support Groups are still running as scheduled this time. Please call your local point of contact prior to traveling for questions. 

 

Please note that the above is for general information and to sign up for updates regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. One additional resource for general information is for Veterans to contact MyVA411  - 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411).   Veterans are encouraged to contact their Primary Care Team if they have specific questions about their health when deciding if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them.

Contact Info

Location

  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-861-3100

Hours of Operation

  • Walk-in Dates Listed for Enrolled Veterans
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