Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
REMINDER: If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call 509.525.5200, press "2" and "2" to speak with your primary care team before visiting this facility. For other concerns, you can access VA care from home by phone or using VA virtual care options. More Details
COVID-19 vaccines: All Veterans, spouses and caregivers can get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA by appointment or walk-in clinic. Visit our vaccine information page.
Prepare for a visit: Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory. For some needs, you may be able to get care at home by phone or video.
For the latest coronavirus information: Visit the CDC website.
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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
The available data shows that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low. Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options (that is, offered the Moderna vaccine). The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA’s priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners. The JANSSEN Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers has been revised to include information about the risk of this syndrome, which has occurred in a very small number of people who have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
The Walla Walla VA also administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; you an review the MODERNA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers for all details.
The Walla Walla VA continues to vaccinate Walla Walla VA health care eligible Veterans and all those named in the SAVE LIVES Act at all clinic locations. Those interested in getting vaccinated can sign up at VA's COVID-19 Vaccine site at the "Stay Informed" page. Once registered, call 509.525.5200 (dial "2" and "2") to schedule an appointment. If you do not have or use a computer, call the Walla Walla VA at 509.525.5200, ext. 26952 and ask for assistance in getting registered. Although vaccine supply is sufficient, note that your employer, pharmacy, health care provider’s office, or local public health officials may be able to offer you a COVID-19 vaccine sooner. You are encouraged to take the first opportunity available to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.
Those presenting presenting to the Walla Walla VA (Walla Walla) campus for vaccine appoinments are to report to Bldg. 143 to check in for preliminary screening. Vaccinations are occurring either inside or in the parking lots at the outlying clinic locations. Due to space limitations and need for proper physical distancing, please come alone to your scheduled vaccine appointment. You may bring a caregiver with you if necessary (any other visitors must remain in the vehicle). Please be sure all wears an appropriate mask at all times.
You can STAY UPDATED on Walla Walla VA's current vaccination status at each of its clinic locations at our local Walla Walla VA's COVID-19 Vaccines page. Additional information can be found at the VA's national COVID-19 vaccines at VA page and at the CDC's COVID-19 page. Scroll further down this page to review Walla Walla VA's facility status update for all clinic sites. And of course follow the Walla Walla VA on its social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (just search for the Walla Walla VA Medical Center).
CALL TODAY to schedule your appointment. We want you to stay healthy! Questions? Contact Linda Wondra, Public Affairs Officer, at 509.525.5200, Ext. 26520 or 509.386.1117. Get more details HERE.
DO YOU HAVE A MY HEALTHeVET ACCOUNT YET? If not, you should! There are many benefits to having an upgraded (premium) My HealtheVet account, such as managing your VA prescriptions, keeping track of your medical appointments, having access to personal health records, and also the ability to send a secure message to your provider team. Watch THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO to learn more about the benefits of having a premium account, and get more information about My HealtheVet in general at www.myhealth.va.gov. Get connected today!
Please note this NEW contact number when the VA needs to be notified for any care at an ER or ED.
FACILITY STATUS UPDATE:
The Walla Walla VA continues its transition back to face-to-face patient care. Care is still being delivered virtually via telephone, telehealth, and VA Video Connect as appropriate.
If you have questions about your care or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your primary care (PACT) team (call 509.525.5200, press option “2” and “2”) or send a secure message to your PACT team via My HealtheVet.
IMPORTANT UPDATE (updated as of April 26): Only visitors without symptoms will be permitted to enter the VA health care facilities as dictated by the current situation. No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted, including infants, unless under exceptional circumstances. The age restriction does not apply to recognized surrogates. Veterans and visitors who are on main campus for a scheduled appointment or meeting can visit Walla Walla VA’s PatriotBrew coffee shop in Bldg. 143 (after being appropriately screened). Hours may vary depending on staffing availability. Please observe approprate physical distancing and masking AT ALL TIMES.
Those who access any of Walla Walla VA’s sites of care are still REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK until further notice. Please note that face masks with exhalation valves or face shields are NOT PERMITTED on VA property. View this CDC page for more details of selecting, wearing, and cleaning masks.
MAIN VA CAMPUS
Richland (WA) VA Clinic: Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; appointments are preferred for face-to face care. Veterans presenting without an appointment will be screened and needs assessed/addressed. Veterans are screened on the second floor of the Federal Bldg. prior to entering the clinic. All entering the clinic must wear an approved mask for the duration of time in the building.
Yakima (WA) VA Clinic: Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F.; appointments are required for face-to face care. Veterans presenting without an appointment will be screened and needs assessed/addressed. Veterans are screened prior to entering the clinic. All entering the clinic must wear an approved mask for the duration of time in the building.
Lewiston (ID) VA Clinic: Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F; appointments are preferred for face-to face care. Veterans presenting without an appointment will be screened and needs assessed/addressed. Veterans are screened prior to entering the clinic; screening also includes all others requesting access. All entering the clinic must wear an approved mask for the duration of time in the building.
La Grande (OR) VA Clinic: Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F; appointments are preferred for face-to face care; VA Video Connect is also available. Veterans presenting without an appointment will be screened and needs assessed/addressed. Veterans are screened prior to entering the clinic; screening also includes all others requesting access. All entering the clinic must wear an approved mask for the duration of time in the building.
Boardman/Enterprise (OR) VA Telehealth Clinics: No face-to-face appointments are being scheduled at this time. Veterans continue to get care via telephone or VA Video Connect. Veterans can call the clinic during clinic hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F) for assistance and referrals. All entering the clinic must wear an approved mask for the duration of time in the clinic.
SERVICES DURING COVID-19 HEALTH PERIOD:
Enrolled Veterans are still receiving essential healthcare services at all sites. In most cases, that care is delivered virtually using VA Video Connect, telehealth, telephone appointments, or Skype with your provider/provider team. Use My HealtheVet to order prescription refills, review labs/other important health information, and also to communicate with your provider team for non-emergent health needs. Also, a new app, Rx Refill, is available to refill refillable prescriptions.
The Walla Walla VA Medical Center & Clinics is upgrading it's electronic health records program!
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