Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
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:
- 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: www.va.gov/covidvaccine.
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.
The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System -- which includes Charles George VA Medical Center, and the Rutherford County, Hickory and Franklin CBOCS -- is working diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to VA employees and Veterans who receive care at VA and who meet current CDC guidelines.
Vaccines are provided by appointment only. There is nothing Veterans have to do to be offered the vaccine. Our health care professionals will reach out to them. Once an appointment is set, we are providing first and second doses at the outdoor vaccine clinic. Veterans will be able to drive up to the tents, and receive their vaccines in their vehicle.
The CDC is currently providing vaccine allotments weekly to the VA as well as other civilian healthcare systems as supply becomes available from the manufacturers. We have seen that as manufacturer supply increases, so does the VA portion of these weekly vaccine allotments.
The distribution of vaccine supply across the nation’s VA facilities is determined by several factors including:
• The number of higher-risk Veterans and healthcare workers in a geographic area (with risk stratification based on CDC and federal guidance),
• The number of Veterans receiving VA healthcare in a geographic area, and
• A VA facility’s ability to properly handle and store the Pfizer and Moderna products which each have special cold chain requirements.
The North Carolina and Virginia VA facilities have consistently received approximately 5 percent of the VA’s total weekly allotment. Of the VA’s 18 regional territories, only three area networks have received a larger portion of vaccine allocation due to Veterans served in those areas.
Initial vaccines for North Carolina and Virginia were delivered to three VA locations: Durham, Richmond, and Salisbury Medical Centers. Those facilities were the only sites within our area with special freezers capable of storing Pfizer vaccine. Two weeks following, the Moderna vaccines were approved for use by the FDA. Use of the Moderna vaccines allowed for distribution to all region’s other main VA facilities, including Asheville, Fayetteville, Hampton and Salem.
As weekly allotments have increased, we have been able to expand access to Veterans at outlying clinics and progress in moving along the risk stratification guidelines. Because of the unique Veterans serviced within each VA facility, movement in the risk stratification guidance may vary slightly from location to location. However, each week the Veteran needs versus the CDC allotment are re-evaluated to ensure the VA is meeting its goal to do the most good for the most people during this time.
There is no need for Veterans to do anything. Our health care professionals will contact them to set up an appointment based on current CDC guidelines.
Thank you for your patience and trusting us for your health care.
- Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
Hours of Operation
By Appointment Only