Truman VA Expands COVID-19 Vaccinations to Include Adolescent Children of Veterans

June 27, 2021

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccinations to include the adolescent children of military Veterans. As part of the expanded access, Truman VA currently offers COVID-19 vaccinations to:

Any Veteran discharged with a status other than dishonorable or bad conduct

Spouses of qualifying Veterans (see first bullet)

Adolescent children of qualifying Veterans (the child must be at least 12 years old)

Caregivers of qualifying Veterans

Survivors and dependents of Veterans covered under the CHAMPVA Program

Adolescent children who are 12 to 17 years old will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine recently was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of COVID-19 in adolescent children.

Although an appointment is not necessary for an adult to receive a vaccination, it is required for an adolescent child. Additionally, the child must accompany an adult who also will be required to sign a consent form that attests to the child’s age.

Truman VA’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the medical center located at 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Missouri. The telephone number to call to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination is (573) 814-6000, extension 54300.

To date, Truman VA has administered more than 32,000 first and second doses of one of three different COVID-19 vaccines to include the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.