All VA medical facilities are implementing screening measures for signs of respiratory illness and exposure to COVID-19. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted in any VA facility or clinic, and visitation is limited. More Details
COVID-19 vaccines: To get the latest updates and sign up to stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines, visit our vaccine information page.
Prepare for a visit: Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory. Please contact us first before going to any of our locations. 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.
Vaccination update--Sheridan VA Health Care System
January 2021 Update
CURRENT DISTRIBUTION. We have now received 3 limited shipments of the Moderna Covid vaccine and initially administered it to Veterans on our campus--those in our community living centers and in our residential treatment programs--and VA health care personnel.
Beginning January 6, we started contacting enrolled outpatient Veterans across Wyoming in the next priority group--those 85 years and older plus those with certain conditions to include chemotherapy patients, transplant patients, and hemodialysis patients. Veterans experiencing homelessness are also being offered the vaccine. Once contacted, individuals in that group who are interested in receiving the vaccine will be scheduled for appointments. Those initial appointments have already taken place in our community clinics located in Afton, Evanston and Rock Springs. Appointments are also being scheduled for Veterans from that priority group who receive care in Sheridan, Casper, Riverton, Worland, Gillette and Cody.
Once more vaccines arrive, that patient list will expand based on how many we receive. All enrolled Veterans who are interested in receiving the vaccine will eventually be able to get it once we receive the supply to administer it.
NO REGISTRATION. Veterans do not need to call or register, however those who would like to share their interest in receiving the Vaccine, and receive updates on the distribution, are invited to visit https://www.va.gov/health.../covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed An online form will allow them to receive email updates and notify us of their interest in receiving the Vaccine. This is not registering to receive the vaccine, however if a Veteran who is scheduled for the vaccine does not come for the appointment, we may use that interest list to fill the appointment so no vaccine is wasted.
December 2020 Update
We received an initial, limited shipment of the Moderna COVID vaccine Dec. 22 and began offering vaccinations to Veterans in our long-term care facility, starting with Army Veteran Kenneth Pawley, on Dec. 23. Pawley (pictured below) received the shot from Assistant Nurse Manager Geo Gillett, while Registered Nurse Jessica Bettles assisted. (Photo by Cynthia Neukam.) Additional vaccine information below image.
In line with U.S. Center for Disease Control recommendations, our community living centers residents and personnel were the first to be offered the vaccination. As vaccine supplies become available, VA care teams will contact enrolled Veterans to offer the vaccinations, based on a phased plan. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.
“Our pharmacy team had been working with VA regional and national leadership to ensure we’d be ready when the vaccination came,” said Pam Crowell, health care system director. “While this is only the initial shipment, we look forward to the future ones which will allow us to vaccinate all enrolled Veterans who are interested in receiving it.”
The first 2 authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) both require special storage and handling, so planning for the safe distribution beyond the medical center to all of the Wyoming Veterans we serve has already taken place. Once we receive the larger supply of the vaccine, this will allow us to coordinate that distribution across the state, through our teams in Afton, Casper, Cody, Evanston, Gillette, Riverton, Rock Springs and Worland.
If you’re not currently receiving health care through VA, please consider applying now, even if you applied previously.
Moderna Vaccine information
Before the FDA authorizes a vaccine for use, they carefully review the available safety data and clinical trial results for that vaccine. To learn more about the safety of the Moderna vaccine, please read the FDA fact sheet (downloadable PDF.)We’ll closely monitor everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine for reactions, side effects, or adverse events. An adverse event is an injury or harm that happens to someone after they receive a vaccine, which may or may not have been caused by the vaccine. We’ll report this information in our vaccine monitoring and tracking system. This is the same system we use to monitor reactions to all vaccines, including those for the flu and shingles.