COVID-19 Vaccines - Iowa City VA Health Care System
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Iowa City VA Health Care System


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.

On March 24, 2021 President Biden signed the Saves Lives Act, expanding eligibility for the COVID vaccinations provided by VA.  The law expands eligibility to the following: 

  • Non-enrolled Veterans as defined in the new legislation, including those without service-connected disabilities and who have incomes above VA’s threshold.
  • Overseas Veterans who rely on the Foreign Medical Program.
  • Veteran caregivers who are enrolled in either the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers or the Program of General Caregiver Support Services.
  • Veteran caregivers enrolled in certain Geriatrics and Extended Care Programs, such as Veteran Directed Care, Bowel and Bladder, Home Based Primary Care and VA’s Medical Foster Home Program.
  • Civilian Health and Medical Programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs recipients.
  • Veteran spouses.

If you are interested in vaccination through VA based on these criteria, please complete the “VHA SAVE LIVES ACT COVID-19 VACCINATION WORKSHEET” and mail/fax to the Eligibility Office. If you have any questions please call 319-338-0581 ext. 63-7141.  The VA vaccination team will contact you to schedule an appointment. 


VA Medical Center

Attn: Eligibility (136A)

601 Hwy 6 West

Iowa City, IA 52246

Fax: 319-887-4993


Currently we are scheduling all eligible and enrolled Veterans and qualified caregivers.

Patients will receive a text or a letter with instructions for scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment when they are eligible. Please only contact your PACT team if you need to ask questions about your personal health history and the vaccine. Appointments are available daily at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, and a limited number of appointments are available at the community based outpatient clinics each week.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines, please refer to the websites below:

Contact Info


  • Iowa City VA Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-637-0128

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available