VA St. Louis Health Care System has added a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic call center as an additional way for Veterans to make their vaccine appointments.
To date, close to 26,000 Missouri and Illinois Veterans who receive care at VASTLHCS have rolled up their sleeves and received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines from one of the area VA vaccine clinics.
Vaccine is free of charge and all enrolled Veterans, regardless of age, may make an appointment. Vaccines are administered at VA Outpatient Clinics in St. Louis County, St. Charles County, St. Clair County (IL) and the Grand Hall on Chouteau (St. Louis City). Veterans must be enrolled in VA healthcare to receive the vaccine at this time. Pfizer or Moderna will be offered depending on availability.
Veterans can now call 314-289-7039 and a scheduler will make their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Call center hours are:
• Mon, Wed, and Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
• Tues and Thurs: 8:00am-6:30pm.
• Sat and Sun: 800am-3:30pm.
Vaccine appointments can also be requested by emailing STLCOVIDVetVaccine@va.gov with name and phone number. Do not include any private information such as medical diagnoses, social security number, or last four. Appointments are available Monday thru Sunday, subject to availability. A member of the VA Vaccine Scheduling Office will call to screen and schedule the appointment. Veterans may also receive VeText messages on their cellphone about area VA vaccine clinics.
The vaccine is administered in two doses, 21 days apart (Pfizer) and 28 days apart (Moderna). The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived. The Veteran’s next vaccine appointment will be scheduled once they receive their first dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specify that because of the differences in formulations of the various COVID vaccines available, this two-dose series must be administered at the same location. By receiving the first dose at VA St. Louis, Veterans agree to return to the same location for their second dose for their own safety and to ensure maximum vaccine efficacy.
Veterans with scheduled vaccine appointments:
• Dress in a short-sleeved shirt or one that can be easily pulled up to get to your shoulder.
• Come to your scheduled clinic location and go through the screening process prior to checking in.
• If you have received any vaccine within the last two weeks, it is not advised that you receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can apply by completing the health care application VA Form 10-10EZ (January 2020) in one of these ways:
• Online at https://www.va.gov/health-care/apply/application ; or
• Call the Health Eligibility Center at 877-222-8387 (press 1); M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
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