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

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

VA is providing COVID-19 vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA.

VA is now offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to Veterans, spouses and caregivers who have already received a full series of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. Not all VA facilities are offering Pfizer booster shots. Learn more about COVID-19 booster shots in VA.

You can also receive your Pfizer booster outside of VA. You can locate a vaccine site at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Make sure to take your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card when you go!

We continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIRD DOSE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

VHA is following CDC guidance in recommending certain moderately or severely immunocompromised people get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they previously received a primary course of either Pfizer or Moderna. 

Your healthcare provider will let you know if it is recommended you receive a third dose and will provide instructions on how to get it. 

If recommended for a third dose, it is important to receive the same vaccine previously administered. If you received Pfizer previously, you should get Pfizer for your third dose. If you received Moderna previously, you should get Moderna for your third dose.  

At this time, people who received the Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) single dose vaccine SHOULD NOT get additional doses of Pfizer or Moderna.

Employees who are moderately or severely immunocompromised (see list below) can contact their local Occupational Health Office for instructions to receive a third dose, if indicated. 

Moderately and severely immunocompromised patients include:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., >20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

 

The VA Caribbean Healthcare System will offer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters under Emergency Use Authorization. This decision follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement authorizing a booster dose of Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations, as follows:

Individuals who should get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster include:

People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago

People 50 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago

Individuals who may opt to get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose, based on their individual benefits and risks, including:

People 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago

People 18 to 64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting who received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 primary vaccine series at least six months ago

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized as a booster shot. FDA and CDC continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine(s). VA will plan to offer boosters of these vaccines if authorized and recommended.

VA is open for walk-ins during hours when vaccine clinics are operational, where Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccines are available to Veterans receiving care at VA and VA employees, as well as all other Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits. Persons coming in for a booster dose should be reminded to bring their vaccine card with them. Vaccines will be available soon. We will update information here and on our Social Media (Facebook) page. 



VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM


At this time, the VACHS is not administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents under the age of 18. Caregivers of Veterans who are under the age of 18 are encouraged to visit the CDC COVID-19 vaccine locator page https://www.vaccines.gov/ to locate a vaccination site. 

The Ceiba, Arecibo and Guayama offer COVID-19 vaccines in a walk-in basis on the following schedule:

  • Guayama: Thursdays

  • Ceiba: Thursdays

  • Arecibo: Wednesdays

COVID Testing:

The COVID Walk-in testing area has been relocated at the Hospital’s Main Entrance.
The test station is seen to the right of the glass doors. Nurses are present to perform testing.

For your convenience the Hours of operation are :

Monday thru Friday: 5:00 am to 3:30 pm | Saturdays: 7:00 am to 3:30pm.


The Drive Thru Clinic, located adjacent to the trailers continues to operate:

Monday thru Friday: 5:00 am - 3:30pm | Saturdays: 7:00am-3:30pm.

COVID Vaccination:

VA has enough vaccine supply for our veterans, spouses, caregivers and additional non-eligible veterans and we are accepting Walk ins.

VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) is offering the Janssen and Moderna vaccines to anyone who served in the military, their spouses and care givers, and eligible CHAMPVA recipients.
Vaccines are available at the VA Medical Center and selected VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics. (CBOCS). 

VA has enough vaccine supply for our veterans, spouses, caregivers and additional non-eligible veterans.

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.

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.

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. 

For more information, go to the CDC website. Read the CDC and FDA statement on the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

Contact Info

Location

  • VA Caribbean Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 787-641-4591

Hours of Operation

  • With or Without Appointments
    When Available