William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. Congress has passed a new law that allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more people. VA is now able to offer vaccine to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at VA when their local VA facilities have enough vaccine:
- Spouse of a Veteran
- Caregivers of a Veteran
- Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits
The best way to stay informed is to sign up to tell us you'd like to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA. Your local VA facility will then contact you when they have a vaccine for you.
For your continued health and safety during this pandemic, please don't come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment unless you are coming to a specific scheduled event such as a walk-in clinic or drive-through clinic that does not require an appointment.
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.
Madison VA Vaccine Updates
COVID-19 Vaccines at the Madison VA
The Madison VA currently receives the Moderna vaccine and also a limited supply of Johnson and Johnson. The Madison VA is currently offering COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans already receiving care from the VA. Currently enrolled Veterans can call the Vaccine Scheduling Line at 608-280-2160 to make an appointment right away. We have appointments available at our main hospital and all of our Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
SAVE LIVES ACT – Enhanced Eligibility for Vaccination
We will provide regular updates to the newly passed SAVE LIVES Act (SAVE LIVES Act allows VA to soon provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers), which expands eligibility for vaccination through the VA. Newly eligible groups include:
- All Veterans (Except those with dishonorable discharge)
- Veteran Spouses (Must be legally married to a Veteran)
- Veteran Caregivers (Must be enrolled in a VA Caregiver program)
- CHAMPVA Beneficiaries
If you are included in one of these groups and are interested in receiving a vaccine from the VA, you can go to COVID-19 vaccines at VA | Veterans Affairs to register and indicate your interest in receiving a vaccine from VA, in our case Madison. Signing up also will give you regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process. We will reach out to you by email, text and/or phone call when we have vaccine available.
We will update the details of this new law as new information becomes available.
COVID-19 Vaccination Q and A
VA is strongly encouraging all Veterans to consider the benefits of vaccination. While we have some treatments that may help reduce the effects of COVID-19, a vaccine prevents people from becoming infected with the virus and this is the best way to slow or stop the spread of the virus.
Below are frequently asked questions and answers, we share them to help educate all Veterans with the most current information we have on vaccination.
- Are Vaccines Safe?: The process that FDA uses for identifying safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is rigorous and robust. No short cuts were taken in assessing the safety of these vaccines.
- I am not worried about COVID-19, why should I get vaccinated? Even if you are not worried about your own health, your vaccination will help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Each additional vaccination assists in stopping the spread of the virus and helps us get back to normal life. Even if you are not personally worried about COVID 19, you can be part of the solution to protect your family, your community, your fellow Veterans and your Country!
- Can I get COVID-19 from the Vaccine? No, the vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means the vaccines cannot give you COVID-19.
- I have already had COVID-19, I am already immune to infection? We do not know how long immunity lasts after getting COVID-19, so it is still important to get vaccinated. We recommend waiting 90 days after you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to get a vaccination.
Vaccines are an important tool in fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic and as we work to stop the pandemic, we need to use all tools such as masking, handwashing, social distancing and vaccination.
We look forward to serving you and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this process. Follow our progress at www.accesstocare.va.gov.
The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and Clinics
- William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Hours of Operation
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