Madison VA Opens Vaccine Access to all Veterans - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

Madison VA Opens Vaccine Access to all Veterans

Madison VA Opens Vaccine Access to all Veterans

Madison VA Opens Vaccine Access to all Veterans

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Madison, WI – The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA) is now offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all enrolled Veterans.

“After conducting directed outreach to all Veterans according to CDC prioritization, we are now opening vaccination appointments to all enrolled Veterans,” said John Rohrer, Hospital Director. “We have made great progress in offering vaccination to our most vulnerable Veterans, and with more than 10,000 vaccinated with first dose already, we now have an opportunity to extend vaccine appointments broadly so we can meet our overall goal of vaccinating all Veterans choosing vaccination.”

The Madison VA is currently holding vaccine clinics daily, Monday through Friday, each week at the main hospital and at its community-based outpatient clinics in Baraboo, Beaver Dam, and Janesville, WI and in Rockford and Freeport, IL. The facility also collaborates with community partners to hold stand down events when supply is available to reach Veterans across its nineteen-county catchment area.

“Our team has been doing a great job ensuring we have the capability to provide vaccinations at all of our clinics,” Rohrer said. “It is logistically challenging, but it is important that we ensure our Veterans have the opportunity to be vaccinated as close to home as possible and as soon as we have supply available to accommodate them.”

Enrolled Veterans can call 608-280-2160 to be scheduled by the Vaccine Scheduling Team.

“We continue to actively reach out to our high-risk patients who have not yet chosen vaccination and are encouraging them to get vaccinated, but we are also opening eligibility to all of our Veterans so we can vaccinate Veterans as efficiently as possible,” said Rohrer. “We have strategies in place to ensure that there is consistent and equitable access to vaccine across all of our catchment area.

“In addition, we are also working on targeted outreach opportunities to ensure that Veterans of all demographics get not only an opportunity to say yes to vaccination, but also the information they need to make an informed decision for their health and for the health of our community.”

The Madison VA is encouraging Veterans who received vaccine in their community to report their vaccination.  Veterans who have already received a COVID-19 vaccination are encouraged to contact their VA health-care team to update their VA record. Options for updating records include:

  • Sending a secure message on My HealtheVet   and attaching a photo of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
  • Faxing a copy of your vaccination card to your Care Team
  • Mailing a copy of their card to your Care Team

Veterans can call their local clinic to clarify instructions for providing proof of vaccination. 

The Madison VA is also encouraging all Veterans to ensure they have an accurate email and phone number on file with the Madison VA. Veterans can update their phone and email information by calling the hospital and updating their information through our eligibility staff (608) 256-1901 x17038.

For more information about the Madison VA Hospital, visit www.madison.va.gov or www.facebook.com/MadisonVAHospital.

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