COVID-19 Vaccines - Wilmington VA Medical Center
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Wilmington 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.

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Wilmington VA Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

If you are an enrolled Veteran who received a vacinnation outside of the VA, please report it to your primary care team. 

How to get your COVID-19 Vaccine through Wilmington VA Medical Center:

  • Enrolled Veterans: Call 302-633-5200 to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
  • Non-enrolled Veterans:* Non-enrolled Veterans as defined in the new legislation can report with photo ID and copy of DD-214 to the Enrollment and Eligibility Office at Wilmington VAMC Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Spouses and Caregivers of Veterans:* Report with Veteran to the Enrollment and Eligibility Office at the Wilmington VAMC at 1601 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    (For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran.)

*After registration is complete, an appointment will be scheduled at Wilmington VAMC Vaccine Clinic. Same day appointments are available most times, but brief  wait times may be encountered as we accommodate those needing vaccinations.


Call 302-633-5200 for more information (Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for more information or to schedule an appointment. We will do our best to schedule appointments with Veterans who meet the above criteria when they call in, but due to high-call volume, we ask that Veterans call back between the scheduled times if they are unable to get through on initial attempts.

Veterans who have signed up for VA Health Chat, can use the application to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Upcoming Vax Events at Medical Center and CBOCs

Location Appointments

Wilmington Medical Center Campus

- Friday, April 23, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. See details here.
- Walk-in - Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Appointment - Monday - Friday - Call 302-633-5200

Kent County CBOC Appointment Only - 
Sussex County CBOC - Appointment Only - 
Atlantic County CBOC - Appointment Only - 
Cape May County CBOC - Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. See details here.
Cumberland County CBOC - Appointment Only - 

Veteran Vaccination Numbers

As of April 19, we have administered 28,530 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans. More than 65% of the 25,000 Veterans who get their primary care from us received at least their initial dose of the vaccine (through VA or in the community), and approximately 53% of our Veterans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Veterans vaccinated at Wilmington VA Medical Center or one of our five Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Delaware or southern New Jersey.

Dose 1 Dose 2 Single Dose Total
14,398 13,377 755 28,530


Veterans who have reported receiving at list one dose of  the vaccine in the community at non-VA facility: 2,210

How Does a Veteran Get the 2nd Dose of the Vaccine?

Veterans getting their first dose at our medical center or one of our CBOCs must be available to receive the second dose of the vaccine 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) after their first dose at the same location.

Second-dose appointments will be scheduled with the first dose.

This will ensure proper documentation for your medical records and allow us to accurately account for vaccine inventory.

Keep Your Second-Dose Appointment

It is imperative that Veterans keep the scheduled second-dose appointment for maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • 1 dose only is an estimated 45-55% effective, whereas;
  • Both doses are an estimated 95% effective.

Can Veterans Get the Vaccine at Separate VA Facilities?

No. Veterans who want to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at VA must receive both vaccine doses at the same VA location.

This not only ensures that there are enough second doses in each location; it also ensures that Veterans will receive the same vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) for both the first and second dose.

Can Veterans Get the 1st Dose in the Community (non-VA Event) and 2nd Doses at VA Facilities?

No. Veterans who receive their first-dose vaccine with a community provider or at a community (non-VA event) must get their second dose in the community as well.

This not only ensures that there are enough second doses in each of our locations; it also ensures that Veterans will receive the same vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) for both the first and second dose. We ask that Veterans self-report getting a COVID-19 vaccine team to their primary care team.

 


 

Contact Info

Location

  • Wilmington VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 302-633-5200

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available