COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System

 

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.

VACHS announced it is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who served in the military, and their caregivers and spouses, and some other beneficiaries under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden March 24, 2021.
The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to prioritize Veterans enrolled in VA care. 

UPDATE: The VA Caribbean Healthcare System is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to pause in providing the Janssen vaccine at this time.
This pause is due to a concern about possible rare side effects. Your safety is our top priority.

For more information, go to the CDC website.

Read the CDC and FDA statement on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine


During the week of 12th thru 16th Vaccinations are with and without appointment at San Juan, Ponce and Mayaguez, and by appointment only at Guayama, Arecibo and Ceiba.

We are currently accepting Veterans from all ages for vaccination. We are also vaccinating those eligible under the Saves Lives Act which include Veterans, spouses including widows, and caretakers.

The the VA Caribbean Health Care System will be offering vaccinations,

with or without appointments, at the following locations and times:

 

Location  Time Dosage Dates
 San Juan 8:00am -11:00am Moderna First Dose Monday - Friday
  11:00am - 3:00pm Moderna Second Dose Monday - Friday
  8:00am - 2:00pm Moderna Single Dose Monday-Friday
 Ponce 8:00am - 11:00am Moderna First Dose Monday - Friday
  11:00am - 3:00pm Moderna Second Dose Monday - Friday
Mayguez 8:00am -11:00am Moderna First Dose Monday - Friday
  11:00am - 3:00pm Moderna Second Dose Monday - Friday
Guayama 1:00pm - 3:00pm Moderna Second Dose Thursday, April 8th
Arecibo 10:00am - 2:00pm Moderna First Dose Wednesday, April 14th
  8:00am - 3:00pm Moderna First Dose Saturday, April 17th
Ceiba 12:00pm - 3:00pm First and Second Dose Thursday Only, April 15th

 

Veterans must be available to receive their second dose in 28 days and are requested to arrive no more than 30 minutes before your appointment.

As additional vaccine supply is received, we will notify additional Veterans’ groups. In the event of possible no-shows by Veterans, vaccines may be redistributed and provided to available Veterans on site.

Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue masking, physical distancing, washing hands often, and stay at home as much as possible.

Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage, and sign up to receive regular vaccine updates on the on the VA’s Stay Informed page.

For more information and to schedule appointments, please call 787-641-4591 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Patients interested in receiving the vaccine, at a later date, should contact their health care provider or call to make an appointment at 787-641-4591 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Caribbean Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-449-8729

Hours of Operation

  • With or Without Appointments
    When Available