William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA delivers 10,000 vaccines to Veterans
Madison, WI – On March 4th, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA) surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations for Veterans.
The Madison VA began vaccinating Veterans on January 6th and has worked diligently to use its allocated supply the week it receives it and expand eligibility for vaccination as supplies allow.
“Our goal from the beginning has been to get vaccine to our patients as quickly as we possibly can, while also following CDC guidelines to ensure our patients who are most at risk of illness get access to vaccine first,” said John Rohrer. “We’ve done this to ensure our most vulnerable Veterans have an opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as possible”.
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.”
Currently, Veterans over 50 and with a high-risk co-morbidity, all Veterans with a Service Connected rating of 100%, all Veterans 65 and over, and essential workers in high-risk industries as defined by CDC are eligible for vaccination.
The following occupations are currently approved for vaccination:
First Responders (Police, Firefighter, EMS)
Corrections Officers Food and Agricultural Workers
U.S. Postal Service Workers Manufacturing Workers
Grocery Store Workers Public Transit Workers
Teachers/Education Support Staff
Child Care Workers
Veterans who meet these criteria and are interested in vaccination, are encouraged to call 608-280-2160 to be scheduled by the hospital Vaccine Scheduling Team.
“We continue to actively reach out to our high-risk patients but are also opening eligibility to additional groups of Veterans as supply allows,” said Rohrer. “And, we have strategies in place to ensure that there is consistent access to vaccine across all of our catchment area for our Veterans.”
Veterans who have not yet been vaccinated can sign up for vaccine updates and indicate their vaccine interest at www.va.gov.
The Madison VA is working hard to ensure all Veterans are vaccinated and 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.