COVID-19 Vaccine Information - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is currently involved in the largest vaccination effort in the history of the organization. We are working to safely provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans in the Nebraska and Western Iowa region who desire to be vaccinated. The following information is provided to you to help you better understand our current efforts to fight COVID-19 and get our Veterans vaccinated. 

COVID-19 Vaccines
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine. Our goal is to safely provide vaccinations to those eligible Veterans who wish to receive a vaccination as quickly as we can as vaccine becomes available. We are currently ramping up our operations to meet the needs of our Veterans, particularly those who live in the rural regions of Nebraska and Western Iowa.

We've worked with the CDC and other federal partners to develop a phased plan. Our goal is to do the most good for the most people during this time.


Your safety is very important to us when you visit VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System and our surrounding VA clinics.

While some cities and counties are loosening their mask mandates or letting them expire all together, we want to remind you that the universal masking policy at NWI remains unchanged.

Masks are required for all Veterans, their family members, caregivers and staff. Everyone entering any of our facilities is required to wear a mask at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you as you are screened at our main entrance. Mask policy and Guidance.

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!


NEW! SAVE LIVES Act COVID-19 Vaccination Information

We are now able to expand our vaccination efforts to more Veterans, their spouses and those caregivers enrolled into one of VA’s Caregiver Support programs.
Learn More

The VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System has now also expanded its vaccinations to adolescents, ages 12 to 17, who are caregivers of Veterans or are CHAMPVA beneficiaries under the SAVE LIVES Act. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1276

Beginning Wednesday, June 2, the Omaha VA Medical Center will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at the following locations, times and days:
-Ambulatory Care Center: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mondays thru Fridays)
-Express Care Clinic (After Hours): 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Mondays thru Fridays); and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
All clinics are located at the Omaha VAMC, 4101 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68105


For those Veteran spouses wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through one of our VA NWIHCS Veterans COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, a SAVE LIVES Vaccination Worksheet must be filled out.

You can download this form SAVE LIVES Act Vaccination Worksheet.pdf

You can also receive this form by calling our Eligibility and Enrollment Office at (402) 995-4050 or 1-800-451-5796 option 4.

Once the from is received by our Eligibility and Enrollment Office, those Veteran spouses can be scheduled into one of our COVID vaccine clinics.  Forms can be mailed, faxed to (402) 995-5665 or hand delivered to any of our locations.
Forms are also available upon arrival.

 
How will Veterans know when to get their shot?
We currently have teams of VA health care professionals who are reaching out to area Veterans and scheduling them for appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to come to a VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System facility to sign up for the vaccine. NWI offers walk-in and scheduled vaccinations for eligible Veterans at the following locations:

Omaha VA Medical Center:
 https://www.nebraska.va.gov/index.asp Mondays thru Fridays, 8 a.m. thru 3 p.m. Walk-in appointments are also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Fridays.
J&J Vaccine is now being offered on Thursdays, Noon to 3 p.m.
Call 800-346-8800, press 2 for more information

Lincoln VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Lincoln_CBOC.asp  (Moderna Vaccine): Mondays-thru-Fridays, 9 a.m. thru noon.
Call 402-489-3802, press 2 for more information
The new Lincoln VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic is located at 420 Victory Park Drive in Lincoln, next to the old facility.

Grand Island VA Medical Center: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Grand_Island.asp 
(Moderna Vaccine) Tuesdays and Thursdays. First dose appointments, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Second dose appointments, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 308-382-3660, press 2 for more information.

Bellevue CBOC: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Bellevue.asp 
Offering the J&J Vaccine for walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holdrege CBOC: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Holdrege.asp 
Offering the J&J Vaccine by appointment only.

Shenandoah CBOC: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Shenandoah.asp 
Offering the J&J Vaccine by appointment only.

Norfolk CBOC: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/Norfolk.asp 
Offering the J&J Vaccine for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

North Platte CBOC: https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/North_Platte.asp 
Offering the J&J Vaccine by Veteran request.

O'Neill area Veterans
Various times-call 308-382-3660, press 2 for scheduling and questions.

North Platte area Veterans https://www.nebraska.va.gov/locations/North_Platte.asp 
Call the North Platte VA Clinic to schedule at 308-532-6906.

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaIowaVA for the very latest updates.

What if i miss my scheduled appointment due to weather conditions or personal reasons?
If you cannot make it in because of challenging weather conditions or any other reason, Veterans need not to call in. Representatives will reach out to you and get you rescheduled.

If you are eligible for VA Health Care and have not yet been contacted by the VA to receive a vaccine appointment, you can reach out to your VA primary care doctor and let them know that you are interested in receiving the vaccine.

Vet Text
We have begun using the Vet Text system to send messages to Veterans within our targeted population to inform them of the vaccine and encouraging them to schedule an appointment to receive their shot.

What if i have no internet and/or phone?
We are developing a letter that we will be sending shortly Veterans, inside our current age group, who we have not yet been able to reach to inform them about the vaccination and how they can be scheduled.

Avoid Being Scammed!
Stay alert by protecting yourself from COVID-19 Scams.
Here are the red flags to watch 

How do i get enrolled in VA Health Care Services?
Veterans who are interested in receiving care and becoming eligible to get the COVID-19 Vaccine at the VA but are not yet enrolled, are encouraged to visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.

Using the "sign up to stay informed" button on the information page you can also report your interest in getting vaccinated.




Learn more about VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and their efforts in fighting COVID-19 (Scroll down within the box titled “Veterans Vaccinated by VA” to Nebraska-W Iowa HCS). https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

Access your COVID-19 Vaccine records here

Join us for Virtual Listening Session on the Future of VA Health Care, click HERE for more information.

Contact Info

Location

  • Omaha VA Medical Center
    4101 Woolworth Avenue
    Omaha, NE 68105

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-451-5796

Hours of Operation

  • 24 Hours a day