COVID-19 Vaccines - VA Northern California Health Care System
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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.

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Updated June 9, 2021

The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority granted by the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden March 24, 2021. This includes:

  • Veterans

  • Spouses and Surviving Spouses of Veterans: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we are including spouses of same-sex and common-law marriages. Eligibility includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If an individual characterizes his or her relationship as spousal, he or she can receive the vaccine.

  • Caregivers of a Veteran: For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation. A person stating that they are the caregiver of a Veteran and giving the Veteran’s name is sufficient to give him or her a vaccine.

  • CHAMPVA Recipients

  • Adolescents ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act, who will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Currently offered only at the Sacramento VA Medical Center and Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic.

The expanded authority depends on readily available COVID-19 vaccine supply and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to prioritize Veterans enrolled in VA care.

How to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

By Appointment

COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment at our vaccine clinics in Mather, Martinez, Auburn, Chico, Fairfield, Mare Island, McClellan, Oakland, Redding, Yreka and Yuba City. To request an appointment, call 1-800-382-8387 and select option 8. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care can also request an appointment by:

  • sending a Secure Message to "COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS" in My HealtheVet. 

Walk-in Hours

With the exception of the Yreka VA Clinic, COVID-19 vaccination walk-in hours are available during the following clinic hours:

  • Sacramento VA Medical Center
    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Building 650, first-floor auditorium
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Martinez VA Medical Center
    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Building AB-6
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Chico VA Clinic
    Monday – Friday, 12 p.m.  3:30 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Oakland VA Clinic
    Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.  2:15 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Fairfield VA Clinic
    Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Mare Island VA Clinic
    Tuesday  Friday, 11 a.m.  3 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • McClellan VA Clinic
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Yuba VA Clinic
    Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.
  • Redding VA Clinic
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.

  • Yreka VA Clinic
    Thursday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. (Appointment only)
    Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine offered Thursdays to 18 and older only.




If I’m not enrolled in VA care or VA’s Caregiver’s Program, do I need to bring anything with me to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, just show up to any walk-in clinic or to your schedule vaccine appointments. Those who are not enrolled in VA will be asked to complete a “COVID-19 VACCINATION WORKSHEET.”

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Can I choose which authorized COVID-19 vaccine I get?

VANCHCS is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines to ages 18 and older. Adolescents ages 12 to 17 are only offered the Pfizer vaccine. Unfortunately, individuals are not able to choose which vaccine they receive due to limited supplies. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses to work, and you must get the same vaccine at the same location for both doses. 

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I have a specific medical condition and don’t know if it’s a good idea for me to be vaccinated. Who should I ask?

If you have a question about your personal medical history, please communicate with your primary care provider. You can also learn quite a bit about the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine at our Keep Me Informed tool.

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What can I do to fight COVID-19?

Keep up the 3W’s! It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Even after vaccination, Veterans and employees should continue to:

        • Wear a face covering
        • Watch your distance (stay 6 feet apart)
        • Wash hands frequently

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I am a Veteran who is not enrolled in VA health care. How can I enroll?

Click here to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

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How can I stay informed about the vaccine?

Please check for COVID-19 vaccination information updates on our website. You may also stay informed and express your interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at You can also visit VA's vaccine information page.

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Contact Info


  • VA Northern California Health Care System

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-382-8387 Ext. 8

Hours of Operation

  • 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Monday - Friday