COVID-19 Vaccines - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. VA 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. If you have a vaccine appointment scheduled, your VA health facility will work with you to determine what to do next.

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.


*Milwaukee VA or its community clinics in Appleton, Cleveland, Green Bay and Union Grove will contact you directly when your vaccine priority group is reached.

To stay connected by ensuring your contact information is correct by connecting with your clinic or updating it at MyHealtheVet or by subscribing to Milwaukee VA Medical Center alerts from the homepage.

COVID-19 Update - March 4, 2021

Changes to age group now 55 and older

Earlier this week, Milwaukee VA lowered the age threshold -- from 65 to 60 -- for enrolled Veterans to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Now we're lowering it to 55.

The new threshold is effective immediately and will include the walk-in clinic 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the medical center, 5000 W. National Ave.

Any Veterans unable to get vaccinated Saturday due to the clinic reaching capacity early will receive an appointment to get the shot at a later date.

Staff will continue calling Veterans and using VEText to schedule appointments.

If you previously opted out of VEText or want to check if you are still “opted in” to receive texts, you may send a text message to 530-79 with the message “Start”.

Be the first in your age group to get the vaccine by joining the walk-in clinic on, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 6, 2021 at Milwaukee VA Medical Center. If the clinic capacity is met on March 6 before 2 p.m., then you will receive an appointment before you leave the campus.

COVID-19 vaccines virtual town halls for Veterans

Recently, Milwaukee VA’s Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Nathan Gundacker, Pharmacy Chief Dr. Kimberly Bell and COVID-19 Response Team Director Dr. Ankur Patel hosted a virtual town hall with Veterans and the community discussing the vaccine rollout and talked about the history of COVID-19 and why the vaccine is in the best interest of everyone – to protect everyone.

The next COVID-19 vaccines virtual town hall will be March 10, from noon until 1 p.m. Follow the live video event here:

Contact Info


  • Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-384-2000

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available