COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Providence Healthcare System
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VA Providence Healthcare System


COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. 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 Update:

The VA Providence Healthcare System is pleased to announce that we received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in addition to the Moderna vaccine. This will significantly expand our capacity to provide vaccinations to our Veteran patients.

  • Veterans receiving VA health care are now getting COVID-19 vaccinations based on the VA distribution plan and vaccine availability, starting with those at highest risk of severe illness
  • The VA Providence HCS is currently vaccinating approximately 11,000 Veteran patients who are 75 years and older, and those who are: on dialysis, transplant patients, institutional chemotherapy patients, or in group living situations, such as nursing homes and homeless shelters
  • To date, we've provided vaccinations to more than 4,300 Veterans, since we started Jan. 6
  • The next group will be Veterans over 65
  • There is no need to call for an appointment – we will contact our patients directly when scheduling Veterans in their risk category
  • Now we are reaching out to schedule appointments using VEText, as well, which will allow Veterans to schedule their own appointments automatically!
  • We strongly believe that reaching out to Veterans and scheduling them based on their risk is the safest and fairest way to proceed while we have a limited supply of the vaccine
  • The goal is to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all enrolled Veterans as soon as sufficient supply is available
  • Lean more about COVID-19 vaccinations at
Now approved family caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers can receive COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. For more information on the VA Providence Healthcare System's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, including how to apply, visit

If you are receiving text messages from us, you already have VEText! Otherwise, simply text START to 53079 to opt-in. Worried we don't have your current cell phone number? You can update your contact info during check-in or check-out for any appointment, at or at any kiosk. Don't want to use VEText? No problem! We will continue to call patients and book appointments over the phone, as well, to ensure we reach those who are not using VEText. Learn more about VEText at

If we haven’t seen you in more than a year, your primary care provider will want to see you for a check-up prior to scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination as a precaution, in case your health information has changed. You can call 401-457-3336 to schedule a check-up.

Not yet enrolled in VA health care? You can apply by calling a VA Providence enrollment specialist at 401-273-7100 ext. 12496, or online at

Contact Info


  • VA Providence Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 866-363-4486

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available