Davis urges eligible veterans to visit walk-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccine

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Caucus, wants to inform Mon Valley veterans they may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination earlier than anticipated.

“Our veterans answered the call when we needed them most. It’s our turn to do our part, which is why I encourage eligible veterans to capitalize on this life-saving opportunity,” Davis said. 

Davis said the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System will host walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its University Drive campus in Oakland.

To receive a vaccine on these dates, veterans must:

  • be 75 years or older.
  • be eligible for and enrolled in VA health care.
  • receive health care at VA Pittsburgh. 

If you meet all three of the above criteria, please stop by the University Drive campus during these walk-in clinics. No appointment is necessary.

If you meet all three of the above criteria but cannot make it to the walk-in clinics, please reach out to your primary care team to request an appointment to receive the vaccine.

VAPHS is providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, given approximately 21 days apart.

VA worked with the CDC to develop a phased distribution plan to maximize the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines. In these first weeks, there is limited vaccine available. As vaccine supply increases and the VA moves through the distribution plan, care teams will contact veterans to let them know of their options. Their goal is eventually to offer a COVID-19 vaccine to all veterans and VA health care personnel who choose to be vaccinated.

 For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines at VA, visit www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine. For information about how COVID-19 vaccines work, possible side effects, and answers to common questions, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines.