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


COVID-19 Vaccines

VA is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, as authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Supply varies by facility. Get more information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA.

We are working to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as quickly as possible.

Easier access to vaccines and more people eligible

VA is adding walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at all VA facilities and outpatient clinics that offer COVID-19 vaccines. Please check hours for vaccination clinics.

Congress has passed a law which allows us to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the following groups who are eligible for a COVID-19 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

If you don't receive care at VA, we encourage you to pre-register online at least one hour before you go, to save time when you arrive. While at VA you will need to wear a face mask, and physical distancing measures will be in place. For more about vaccinations at VA, visit:

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.

VA Central Iowa Health Care System Local Update - Friday, March 26, 2021

On behalf of the VA Central Iowa Health Care System, we want to thank our veteran community for their patience and understanding as we continue vaccinating eligible Veterans for the COVID-19 vaccine. We are striving to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic.

VA Central Iowa Health Care System is hosting daily vaccine clinics at the main campus and weekly vaccine clinics at the community outpatient clinics in Carroll, Fort Dodge, Knoxville, Marshalltown, and Mason City.

VA Central Iowa HCS has medical support teams reaching out to enrolled Veterans that fall in this Phase categories and scheduling them for future appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to call or come to the VA Central Iowa Health Care System facility or the CBOCs to sign up for the vaccine.

If you decide to get a COVID-19 vaccine outside of VA, we encourage you to share this information with your VA health care team. You can send a picture of your vaccination record card to your VA provider through secure messaging. You can also add your vaccine information to your My HealtheVet health summary for your own records. To add your information, you’ll need a Premium My HealtheVet account. Learn more about managing your COVID-19 vaccine records online.

If you receive the first dose with a provider in the community, VA Central Iowa HCS will not be able to administer the second dose.  This is based on our allocation and the distribution of the vaccine.  For every first dose that the VA receives, we receive a matching second dose thus ensuring that all will receive both doses as medically indicated.   

While vaccinations are underway, it is imperative that we continue the prevention practices we have used throughout the pandemic.  These COVID-19 prevention practices keep our community safe until enough people are vaccinated.  VA Central Iowa HCS is following the Executive Order signed by President Biden on January 20, 2021 requiring mask wear and other public health measures to reduce the spread of the disease.

  • VA Central Iowa staff, patients, and Veterans arriving for appointments will be required to wear a mask at all times and stay at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Wearing a mask and keeping your distance protects you and others.
  • Wash your hands frequently and stay home when you are sick.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to vaccinate our Veterans!


On March 24, 2021, the President signed the Save Lives Act which expands VA's authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. SAVE LIVES Act allows VA to soon provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers. The law allows the VA to offer COVID-19 vaccines to more Veterans, some spouses, and caregivers of Veterans. It is still early in the planning phase, and we are waiting on guidance from national VA on how this will be implemented. The referenced press release states that VA will conduct COVID-19 vaccination pilots for the individuals named in HR1276 at select VA medical centers.

At this time, we still have a limited amount of vaccines. We’re working to determine how quickly we can begin to offer vaccines to these other groups.

  • In the meantime, Veterans, caregivers, spouses, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries newly eligible under the law can go to to register and indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine from VA. Signing up will also give users regular updates about VA’s vaccine rollout process.
  • Veterans can also sign up to get vaccinated through their employer, pharmacy or local public health office. We encourage Veterans to take the first opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Veterans can visit the VA’s main page and click on link near the top of the page “vaccine information page”.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we prepare to offer more vaccines.

Guidance on the implementation date form the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin vaccinating an expanded population of veterans, spouses and caregivers May 1. In addition to getting more doses, the VA must establish a system to report the vaccinations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Contact Info


  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-294-8387

Hours of Operation

  • By Appointment Only
    When Available