Veterans should contact VA for COVID-19 vaccines, here’s how

From beginning to end, the nurse providing the vaccine requires approximately 15 minutes before...
From beginning to end, the nurse providing the vaccine requires approximately 15 minutes before the next patient takes a seat, and the process starts over. The previous patient was swept away by other nursing staff who cheerfully monitored the vaccinated patient for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the high risks identified before the shot.(Overton Brooks VA Medical Center)
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 11:41 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Officials with the Dept. for Veterans Affairs said there are multiple ways veterans can opt to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina.

VA staff said they are currently prioritizing veterans who are 75 and older, as well as those with high-risk health conditions who are between the ages of 65 and 74.

However, any veteran can make the VA aware of their desire to get the vaccine. Officials said it is the goal of the VA to vaccinate all enrolled veterans.

To schedule a vaccine at the VA, start by enrolling in the Columbia VA Health Care System by doing the following:

  • Contact the Enrollment Coordinator at the Columbia VA Health Care System by calling 803-776-4000, option 5
  • OR Call the Telephone Advice Program (TAP) Line: (888) 651-2683, option 5
  • OR Visit the Dorn VA Medical Center’s Welcome Center. You can access the Welcome Center through the Patient Screening Entrance at the front of Building 100 on the Columbia VA Campus
  • *Reminder: A copy of your DD214, Social Security Number and a picture ID are needed to complete the Enrollment Process
  • Once enrolled, you can request to have your interest in the COVID-19 Vaccine forwarded to the appropriate scheduling staff.

If a veteran is already enrolled at the Columbia VA Health Care System, they can do the following to get a vaccine appointment:

“The Columbia VA is one community and together with Veteran Service Organizations and stakeholders, we will continue to ensure the safety of all Veterans during this pandemic. I ask that you utilize the resources listed to receive timely updates on both the COVID-19 Vaccine and Columbia VA Health Care System operations,” said Dave Omura, CEO, Columbia VA Medical System.

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