COVID-19 Vaccines - VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire
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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.

Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you.

Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Click here for the VA Manchester Veteran Town Hall held on February 22, 2021

VA Manchester Healthcare System is currently administering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine as follows: 

    • Enrolled Veterans who are 65+ years and older
    • Designated family caregivers of Veterans (who meet current vaccine eligibility) participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers can receive COVID-19 testing and vaccinations this is based on supply, resources, needs and vaccine availability
    • VA Manchester Healthcare System workforce 
    • Please note 1st and 2nd dose vaccines must be administered at the same location to support safety and continuity of care. (For example, if you got your 1st dose at VA Manchester you cannot get the 2nd dose at another VA or in the community.) 
Vaccine Clinics are by appointment only and currently being offered at the main campus located at 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH.  There is limited vaccine availability, as vaccine arrives we are contacting Veterans to schedule an apointment.  Over time, more vaccine will become available. VA’s ultimate goal is to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans enrolled in VA health care who want to be vaccinated. To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

If you are a Veteran who is not enrolled and interested in getting the vaccine, please visit our Eligibility page to determine your eligibility at https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/

Please read the COVID-19 vaccine planning frequently asked questions for Veterans. It covers the vaccine approval/authorization process, who will get the vaccine, getting vaccinated, safety, education, vaccine data sharing, clinical trials and more:  
COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Frequently Asked Questions for Veterans

What you need to know before you arrive at the medical center: 

  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are positive or pending results, please stay home and contact your provider for guidance.
  • All who enter the medical center are required to wear a mask. A mask will be provided to you at the screening point of entry if needed. 
  • If your health status changes or you have a known exposure prior to your appointment, please call the facility at 800-892-8384 x3199, your healthcare team will work with you to determine next steps and provide you with guidance.

Visitors:  Currently, visitors and anyone without a direct clinical need are restricted in the medical center. 

*** Safety exception:  when dropping off a patient and waiting for the completion of a scheduled appointment, drivers may stay warm in the first floor Training & Education Room. 

With surge of COVID-19 cases in NH, we must do everything we can to protect our high-risk Veterans.  Limiting people inside the buildings is an evidenced based method to support this goal. 

Exceptions are rare and made on a case by case basis through a consultation with your health care team BEFORE your scheduled appointment date, your healthcare team will consider the exception and provide the name and additional information of any pre-approved clinically required support guests.  

***It is important for you to know that if your visitor is not on the pre-approved list, they will not be allowed into the building***
 
MASKS:  Surgical masks will now be the required form of mask for all Manchester VA Healthcare employees and Veterans.  If you do not have a surgical mask, one will be provided for you. No cloth masks will be allowed.

Your continued support is needed to ensure the safety of all:
  • If your health status changes or you have a known exposure prior to your appointment, please call the facility at 800-892-8384 x3199, your healthcare team will work with you to determine next steps.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are positive or pending results, stay home and contact your provider for guidance.
  • Please call to confirm all appointments before coming to the medical center 800-892-8384 x 3199
  • For the safety of our staff and Veterans, Virtual Care is being maximized to support Veteran health 
  • Face to Face appointments will take place only as deemed clinically appropriate by your provider
  • Expect to be attending your appointments independently unless an escort is medically required
  • Individuals under the age of 18 years old will not have access to the medical center
  • To reduce foot traffic, we are asking Veterans to report to the facility 15 minutes prior to their appointment. (appointments are required to any destinations of interest for your safety).
  • As you enter the parking lot, there are staff members available who will ask you a few questions and guide you where you need to be.
  • All who enter the medical center will be screened for symptoms, must have a scheduled appointment, and are required to wear a mask. A surgical mask will be provided to you at the screening point of entry if needed. 
 
After your appointment during your check out, please ask your clerk if they can help you with other medical center business you need to conduct (again to reduce foot traffic and keep you safe).

Lab services are by appointment only, and your provider will advise you if labs are required

A Manchester Pharmacy Official Guidance for Prescription Refill Requests in Response to COVID-19

Pharmacy is operating under an all mail-order system in order to limit exposure to COVID-19.   Veterans may request refills and renewals as follows:

  • Contacting the refill line at Refill Line: (603) 626-6543
  • Mailing in refill slips- complete and return by mail to the address on the slip
  • Pharmacy Call Center at 800-892-8384 x 3199
  • My HealtheVet at www.myhealth.va.gov   – choose “Ask a Pharmacist” If you need assistance getting established on My HealtheVet contact the administrator at 800-892-8384 ext. 2291
  • PLAN AHEAD:  Please allow 10-14 days for prescription delivery. Veterans may request expedited shipments and as well as changes to routine medications from 30-day fills to 90-day fills by calling 800-892-8384 x 3199.
NOTE PRESCRIPTION LIMITATIONS:

VA Pharmacy cannot send patients greater than 30-day fills of controlled substances, supply items (wound care, urologic products, etc.) and certain high-risk medications. 
Manchester VA Pharmacy will not fill more than 90 days’ supply of maintenance medications or honor early refills.

Important:  

We are working out every detail to ensure your safety, and with that comes continuous monitoring of emerging guidance from VA, local, state and federal agencies.  Please anticipate change and work with our staff as your safety is our highest priority.

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info

Location

  • VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-892-8384 Ext. x 3199

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available