SAVE LIVES Act Opens Vaccine Access - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


SAVE LIVES Act Opens Vaccine Access

COVID Vaccine

Madison VA Opens Vaccine Access to all Veterans, Spouses, and Caregivers under the SAVE LIVES ACT

By Paul Rickert
Monday, April 5, 2021

Madison, WI – The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA) is now offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Veterans and to their spouses and caregivers, and to CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES ACT.

Individuals covered under the new law also include retired National Guard, Reserve and Coast Guard who were never activated, and all categories of Veterans regardless of Character of Discharge.

“We are proud to be part of the National solution to ending this pandemic by maximizing our ability to vaccinate Veterans and those who care for them. This additional flexibility allows us to ensure that all Veterans, and those who live with and care for them, can sign up to be vaccinated,” said Madison VA Hospital Director, John Rohrer.

Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries newly eligible under the law can go to to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine from VA. Signing up will also give users regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process. Once signed up, the Madison VA will reach out by phone, email or text to notify those newly eligible of appointment availability.

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.

For continued health and safety during the pandemic, please refrain from visiting the Madison VA or any of its community clinics without an appointment.

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

“We have strategies in place to ensure that there is consistent and equitable access to vaccine across all of our catchment area,” said Rohrer. “And we are working on directed 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.”

Veterans can find updated information on the Coronavirus by going to the Vaccine Information page on the Madison VA website.  

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 your 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.

You can read VA’s national announcement about the SAVE LIVES Act here.

For more information about the Madison VA Hospital, visit or


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