Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots under emergency use authorization.

A 3rd dose is available for any Veteran or spouse who is immunocompromised or suppressed, and is at least 28 days out from a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The Pfizer booster shot is available to:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings; at least 6 months after the Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions; at least 6 months after the Pfizer primary series.
  • People 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions; at least 6 months after the primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People who are 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional setting; at least 6 months after the primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

The safety and care of Veterans is VA’s top priority, as well as ensuring the health and welfare of its workforce. CAVHS began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccines Monday, September 27. to Veterans and employees, first prioritizing those persons who are 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and people aged 50-64 years with underlying conditions.

VA will also offer the booster to Veterans, their spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients under the authority of the SAVE LIVES Act, as supply and capacity permits. The Save Lives Act which was signed into law in March 2021expanded VA’s authority to offer vaccine to include Veterans not traditionally eligible for VHA care, and others including spouses and caregivers of Veterans.