COVID Updates | VA Houston Health Care

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During these difficult times, your Houston VA is committed to ensuring that you have access to our health care services. Our top priority is to ensure that you continue to receive the highest quality health care.

VA Houston is working hard to stop the risk of COVID-19 infection and its spread to veterans, employees, and visitors to VA Houston and its CBOCs. Your VA tours will continue to look different for some time.

We are prepared to use several options to provide care during this time, including maximizing virtual care where appropriate, maximizing staff immunization including booster doses, and rescheduling appointments if necessary. you and non-emergency procedures until a later date deemed safe by your medical team. .

Prepare your visit

Anyone entering our facilities is checked. Medical masks are mandatory. Get updates on affected services and facilities.

Visitors

For the safety of our veteran patients and staff, we are limiting visitors to our medical center. When you come to one of our VA clinics or our main medical center for an appointment, please come alone if possible.

Learn more about our visiting policy.

COVID-19 symptoms and tests

If you are asymptomatic, you do not need to go to the emergency department to get tested for COVID-19. Please reserve the use of the emergency service for those in a medical emergency or if you believe your COVID symptoms require urgent medical treatment.

If you have recently come into contact with someone with COVID and have no symptoms, stay isolated from others to prevent possible spread, and monitor your symptoms until you can book an appointment for a COVID test.

If you have symptoms of COVID, please contact your VA primary care provider at 713-794-8985 for more information. Your provider may recommend a COVID test. A number of free COVID testing sites are opening in the Houston area, likely closer to you. You can be tested anywhere or your provider can arrange an appointment for you to be tested at the VA.

Vaccines against covid-19

Being fully vaccinated, receiving a booster shot, and wearing a mask in indoor public places is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID. If you have not been fully immunized or have not received a booster, we encourage you to visit our main medical center or community clinics, Monday through Friday during business hours. There is no need to make an appointment for a COVID vaccine.

Visit our vaccine information page for more information.

For VA specific information

Read our Coronavirus FAQs and public health response, or use our coronavirus chatbot.

For the latest information on the coronavirus

Visit the CDC website.

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