COVID-19 Vaccines - Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
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COVID-19 Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines. VA will have a limited amount of vaccines to start. We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.

Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you're eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you.

Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs

TVHS Updates

While supplies last, we are hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses at the following times:

- Friday, March 5 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Murfreesboro ONLY.

- Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Nashville and Murfreesboro.

Before you travel, here's some important things to know:

1. You MUST be enrolled in TVHS health care and be aged 45 or older. Enrolled Veterans of any age who are teachers, child care providers, health care or funeral workers, and first responders may also receive the vaccine. 

2. Bring your VA identification card.

3. Per CDC guidelines, you must not have received other shots in the last 14 days. If you had COVID-19, please wait 90 days before getting the first dose.

4. Due to high demand, there may be a wait. 

5. Please wear a mask while in our buildings, and visitors are not allowed inside.

6. There will be signs and TVHS staff directing you where to go at both campuses.

If you can't make the walk-in hours, sign up at VA's "Keep Me Informed" tool to let us know you're interested in the vaccine. You will receive a confirmation email stating you have been signed up.

Check this page for updates. 

Common Questions from TVHS Veterans

What vaccine can I get? Can I choose one?
TVHS received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is only offering the Moderna vaccine.

How do I enroll in VA health care?
Please call 1-800-228-4973 and press 4, or visit our eligibility website here. You can also attend one of our Saturday vaccine walk-in clinics and possibly get enrolled there.

Where am I on the priority list? When can I expect a call from TVHS?

  • TVHS is following CDC’s guidelines. As of March 1, we are vaccinating the following priority groups:
    • TVHS Health care personnel
    • TVHS Nursing home patients
    • TVHS Spincal cord injury patients
    • TVHS Chemotherapy patients
    • TVHS Dialysis patients
    • TVHS Transplant patients
    • TVHS Homeless Veterans
    • Enrolled Veterans aged 45 and above
    • Enrolled Veterans in the aforementioned occupations
  • Once we reach your priority group, you can expect a call from us within 14 days.

How do I get the vaccine?
At this time, vaccines are by appointment only. If you are interested, please use VA's "Keep Me Informed" tool.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I was previously infected?
The CDC recommends to wait 90 days after infection to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Please inform your health care team if you contracted COVID-19. 

Can I get the vaccine if I received my flu / pneumovax / Shingles shot?
If you got a flu, pneumovax, or Shingles shot, then you must wait 14 days after vaccination until you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please let your health care team know if you've received one of these shots.

I have a vaccine appointment at the Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro. Where do I go for my vaccine?
If you have a scheduled vaccine appointment in Murfreesboro, please print this map. There are large, green arrows posted throughout the campus that direct you from the screening checkpoint to the parking lot closest to the gym. The vaccines are administered in the gym.

Can my spouse / caregiver get the vaccine through TVHS?
Family caregivers must be enrolled in VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Important resources

To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit VA's vaccine information page.

Contact Info

Location

  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-228-4973

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available