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

 

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.

 

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 - Sept. 29, 2021

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots now available by appointment only

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are now available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; NO WALK-INS through the Zablocki VA Health Care System.

The shots are being given by appointment to Veterans and Zablocki employees who meet the criteria recently authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot at least six months after their primary series.
  • Ages 50–64 with underlying medical conditions also should receive a booster at least six months after their primary series.
  • Ages 18–49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot at least six months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risk.
  • Ages 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster at least six months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Shots will be available at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave., in the Quick Shot clinic, located in the ZIHP clinic at the west end of Building 70. To schedule an appointment, call 414-384-2000, ext. 49069.

Shots are also available at the Green Bay Health Care Center, 2851 University Ave., by calling 877-204-7970 or 920-431-2500.

VA clinics in Appleton, Cleveland and Union Grove are not giving the shots at this time.

Officials have emphasized that the booster is only for those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot during their primary series. It is not for those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. FDA and CDC continue to review data to determine whether and when a booster might be recommended for those brands.

In addition, priority will be given to those who are 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and people ages 50-64 with underlying conditions. Others will be accommodated as resources permit.

As supply and capacity permits, VA will offer booster doses to all other Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act. The law expanded VA’s authority to offer vaccine to include Veterans not traditionally eligible for Veterans Health Administration care and others, including spouses and caregivers of Veterans.

 


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: https://www.facebook.com/events/742794639944198

Contact Info

Location

  • Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-384-2000

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available