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

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility.

VA is resuming offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older. This is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots. After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine's benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low.

Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options. The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA's priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, visit www.va.gov/covidvaccine/.

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:

  • Veterans
  • 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.

COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available through the SAVE LIVES Act.  May COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule.

In order to get COVID-19 vaccinated through VA Manchester, non-VA enrolled individuals are asked to share their interest here. Enrolled Veterans should schedule appointments by calling 1-800-892-8384 x 3199.

VA Manchester Healthcare System will continue to prioritize vaccinations and healthcare delivery for Veterans enrolled in VA care. In the meantime, Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries newly eligible under the law can go to https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine from VA. Signing up will also give users regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process.

Please note:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that due to the differences in formulations of the various COVID vaccines available, any two-dose series must be administered at the same location. By receiving the first dose at VA Manchester, Veterans agree to return to the same location for their second dose for their own safety and to ensure maximal vaccine efficacy.

If you are a Veteran and have not enrolled in VA healthcare now is the perfect time to explore your earned benefits.  Learn more: https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/

By phone

Call our toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET to get help with your application.

By mail

Fill out an Application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ). Download VA Form 10-10EZ (PDF)

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

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


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:  Veterans are allowed to bring one (1) guest to the medical center.   
 
MASKS:  Surgical masks are required for all who enter VA Manchester Healthcare System facilities.  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.
  • 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.

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.

Contact Info

Location

  • VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-892-8384 Ext. x 3199

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available