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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Update and 6 Dispelling COVID-19 Myths


David L. Whitmer, FACHE
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center






President Joe Biden signed the SAVE LIVES Act into law on March 24, 2021 which expands VA’s legal authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. We still have a limited supply of vaccine and are working to determine how quickly we can begin offering to additional groups identified in the SAVE LIVES Act. This past weekend, we began providing COVID vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers in Albany, Georgia. Veterans can sign up with the “Keep Me Informed” tool to get updates here: COVID-19 vaccines: Stay informed and help us prepare.

Veterans who are not currently receiving care at VA and their spouses/caregivers are encouraged to take the first opportunity they have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location whether from their employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials.

Veterans enrolled Dublin VAMC can opt to receive the vaccine at one of our sites of care by scheduling an appointment by calling 800-595-5229 or 478-272-1210 ext. 2843. We are currently running full-time COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Macon CBOC, and the Georgia VECTR Center in Warner Robins. All COVID-19 vaccine clinics are by appointment only.

Hours of operation:
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Main Auditorium
1826 Veterans Blvd., Dublin, GA 31021
6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Macon CBOC
5566 Thomaston Rd., Macon, GA 31220
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Georgia VECTR Center
1001 S. Armed Forces Blvd, Warner Robins, GA 31088
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Former Albany High School Cafeteria
801 West Resident Rd., Albany, GA 31701
April 10, April 17, April 24 (1st dose), April 25 (2nd dose)
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Brunswick CBOC
1111 Glynco Parkway, Building 2, Suite 200, Brunswick, GA 31525
April 8 (2nd dose), April 10
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tifton CBOC
1824 Ridge Avenue North, Tifton, GA 31794
April 8 (2nd dose)
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Important: Veterans who have received any other vaccination in the last 14 days or have any COVID-19 or Flu like symptoms will not be vaccinated. Veterans must present to the same location to receive their second dose unless they receive the one-dose Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine.

To stay up-to-date with operational clinic dates from the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, please visit:
Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA’s Eligibility web page to learn more:

Why should you consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine now?
A vaccine will help protect you, other Veterans, our staff, and your community by lowering the risk of getting an infection. Vaccines will also slow the spread of the virus protecting families, friends, and neighbors.

What else do you need to know?
You will need to receive two doses of the Moderna vaccine, and one does of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be better protected. Depending on the vaccine you receive, you may need to be available to come back to the location you received your first dose in 28 days for your second dose. After you receive your vaccine, you will be monitored for 15-30 minutes prior to being scheduling your second appointment.

After you receive the vaccine, it will still be important to continue wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, and staying at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you until the virus is under control. It is our hope that a vaccine will help us all come through this pandemic together.

Please call us today to make an appointment today!

The following groups of individuals and their spouses are not eligible to be scheduled or receive the COVID-19 Vaccination at any VAMC.
• Bad Conduct discharge
• Dishonorable discharge
• 12C

The following COVID-19 Vaccination information is to provide information to assist Georgia Veterans and families find vaccine locations. 

The following COVID-19 Vaccination information is to provide information to assist Georgia Veterans and families find vaccine locations. 

If you use the VA facilities for your healthcare

Atlanta VA HCS (Decatur)– Call 800-224-4087 to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at Hospital or CBOC. Walk-in Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-8pm at hospital per Director Brown. She also stated all veterans, spouses, and direct family members eligible for vaccine. Drive through vaccines at Mercedes Benz may also be available—must have appointment. For additional info see: 

Atlanta VA Health Care System – Home | Facebook


Carl Vinson VAMC (Dublin)– Call 478-277-6762, 800-595-5229 or 478-272-1210 ext. 2843 for a COVID vaccine appointment. For additional info see:


Charlie Norwood VAMC (Augusta)– Call 706-733-0188 ext. 3632 or 3634 for a COVID vaccine appointment. (WALK-INs are ALLOWED AT HOSPITAL LOCATIONS)- For additional info see:


North Florida/South Georgia VA HCS (Lake City and Gainesville) -(NO AGE LIMIT-ALL ENROLLED VETERANS)– Enrolled veterans call 352-548-6000 ext. 103755 for a COVID vaccine appointment. For additional info and walk-in locations see:


Ralph Johnson VAMC (Charleston)– Call 843-789-6900 for a COVID vaccine appointment. For additional info and locations see:

Central Alabama VA HCS (Tuskegee/Montgomery)- Call 866-601-1079 for a COVID vaccine appointment. For additional info see:

Tennessee Valley VA HCS (Nashville/Murfreesboro)– Call Primary Care Team for a COVID vaccine appointment at 800-228-4973 – For additional info and WALK-IN COVID Vaccines locations see:    


VA Caregivers- Call 855-260-3274 for information regarding the COVID vaccines. Caregivers must be enrolled in VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Caregivers to be eligible-

Non-veterans and Family members

 Georgia Department of Public Health– To schedule a COVID vaccine see below site and follow prompts:


Georgia Department of Public Heath (COVID Vaccine finders)– See the following for locations and appointment links:


Georgia Department of Publix Health (COVID Vaccine finder including: County locator, Kroger, Ingles, Publix, U-Save, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club Pharmacy appointment locators) See link for more info:


Morehouse College COVID vaccine locations- (Age 65 and up) –


Emory Healthcare vaccine locations- (Age 65 and up)-


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Myths and facts about COVID vaccines-


Understanding mRNA COVID vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna)-


Understanding Viral Vector COVID vaccines (Johnson & Johnson)-


Information about Pfizer COVID vaccine-


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Information about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine-

This page is has been created to put Coronavirus information into one easy location.

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From: “Marquez, Mario A.” <>

Date: 2/3/21 3:32 PM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: American Legion Story on VA COVID Vaccine Efforts


Good afternoon esteemed Leaders,

  I wanted to notify you that The American Legion put together a news article in support of VA’s efforts in issuing the COVID-19 vaccines.   While different locations do have policies that may vary for a myriad of reasons, VA’s efforts are standardized and published through a variety of means, primarily on their main web page.  As we push through this pandemic, it is my goal to push out information that will clarify confusion and enable discussions so that we or VA can answer your questions.  As always, Thank you to our valued Service Officers as they too provide information and resources during these critical times.

Hopefully this does a little to clarify and support VA’s efforts. We truly appreciate what you are doing at the Department level with informing our veterans and keeping them safe. 


What veterans need to know about getting vaccine from VA | The American Legion




Mario A. Marquez

Director, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

The American Legion Headquarters, Washington D.C.

(202) 263-2983



What veterans need to know about getting vaccine from VA

The American Legion

FEB 03, 2021


As an influx of veterans seek the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines. Under a plan developed by VA in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal guidelines, VA is disseminating the vaccine through a phased plan.

According to VA, the phased plan will enable it “to do the most good for the most people” during this time.

Under the current plan, VA health-care personnel, veterans living in VA long-term care facilities and veterans who are at higher risk for serious complications or death due to COVID-19 are able to get their vaccines now. These high-risk veterans include those with chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, in-patient spinal cord injuries and disorders, and those with comorbidities. Additionally, family caregivers who are enrolled in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers are eligible for vaccination when the veteran they care for becomes eligible, according to VA.

For more information and to determine if you’re eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine from VA, visit this web page. Additionally, veterans can find their local VA health facility and its current plan by visiting this VA page.

Due to a larger percentage of high-risk patients within the VA health-care system compared to the general public, it may take longer for veterans not at an increased risk to receive their vaccine. In some instances, it may be faster for a veteran to receive a vaccine through their state rather than through VA. You can find information on your state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan here.

“The American Legion has the utmost confidence in VA to balance the vaccine rollout, while prioritizing the most vulnerable veterans and health-care providers,” said Mario Marquez, director of The American Legion’s Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Division. “VA has assured us they will provide this balance with site-specific resources, needs, availability and local status of the pandemic.”

In order to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through VA, a veteran must be enrolled in the VA health-care system. However, veterans attempting to enroll in VA health care for the first time who fall into category 8g, will not be eligible for the vaccine as they are also not currently eligible for VA health care. This is due to a VA change in policy from 2003 which removed 8g eligibility as these veterans do not have a service-connected disability and their income exceeds the allotted amount to qualify for VA coverage.

The American Legion supports 8g reintegration into VA health care. At the 2016 National Convention, the National Executive Committee approved Resolution No. 2 that called for the reinstatement by VA.

“The American Legion stands behind providing access to VA health care to veterans regardless of their economic status,” Jeff Steele, an associate in the National Legislative Division, told the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on Dec. 2, 2020.

The American Legion is also on record in recent testimony, supporting legislation that calls for standing up a bipartisan commission on veterans health-care eligibility and benefits design.

As more vaccines become available, VA plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans receiving VA health care who want one. If you are a veteran who is not currently enrolled or receiving health care through VA, visit this web page to apply.

For additional information, contact an American Legion service officer who is specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. To find a service officer near you click here.


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Veteran Appeals Officer/

American Legion Department Service Officer

Georgia Department of Veterans Service

1700 Clairmont Road

Decatur, Georgia 30033







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