Register and Schedule Vaccination Appointment(s) for Yourself or on Behalf of Someone Else

This quick reference guide provides instructions for using the guest registration functionality in VAMS to schedule vaccination appointment(s) and register for a vaccine. You can use guest registration for yourself or if you are a representative/guardian of vaccine recipient(s), you can use it to schedule vaccination appointment(s) and register for a vaccine on behalf of someone else.

NOTE: If you are a representative/guardian of vaccine recipient(s), use of the term “you” throughout this document will be referring to the vaccine recipient you are representing.

Recipients have two options for navigating guest registration. They may either schedule an appointment and then register in VAMS, or they may pre-register their information in VAMS and not schedule an appointment. The second scenario may be useful at clinics that accept walk-in appointments or if the recipient is not yet ready to schedule an appointment. For both options, creating a VAMS account is optional.

Option 1: Schedule an Appointment, Then Register for a Vaccine

Step 1: Answer Prescreening Question(s)

  • Navigate to your jurisdiction’s VAMS landing page and click Schedule Your 1st Dose (or click Schedule Your 2nd Dose if you have already received your first dose).
  • Select an answer to the prescreening question, “Have you received a COVID-19 vaccine?”
    • If you answer “Yes,” the system will ask which vaccine product you received (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, or “I don’t remember”) and the date the first dose was received to ensure the second dose is scheduled at the right time (if applicable).
    • If you answer “No,” you will proceed as a first dose recipient without any time-related scheduling restrictions.
  • Once you’ve made your selection, click Continue.
Key Considerations
  • If you select Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, you cannot schedule a second dose as it is a single-dose vaccine.

Step 2: Schedule Vaccination Appointment

Step 2a | Find a Clinic

  • On the Clinic Location page, search for a clinic by entering an address or ZIP/postal code to find clinics nearby. You can filter results to locate a clinic within a 5-, 10-, 20-, 50-, or 100-mile radius of the recipient’s address or ZIP/postal code by clicking the drop-down arrow in the Within 
  • Click Search and a list of clinics within your selected mile radius will appear.
  • Click the name of the clinic where you would like to schedule an appointment, then click the Next button that appears above the list of clinics.

Note: The Next button will only appear once you select a clinic name.

Step 2b | Select a Date and Time

  • On the Date and Time page, select an available appointment date on the calendar located on the left side of the page.
  • Select an appointment time by clicking a time slot, then click the Next button located in the bottom right corner of the page.
  • Review your selected appointment location, date, and time, as well as any notes from the clinic, if provided.
  • Click Submit to confirm the appointment or click Previous to make any changes.
Key Considerations
  • Days on the calendar with available appointments are underlined in green.
  • You can select Return to Search Results on the Date and Time page to return to the list of available clinics.
  • After clicking Submit, the selected appointment time slot will be held in the system for 20 minutes while you complete registration. If registration is not completed by that time, the appointment will be released in the system. The countdown timer is located in the upper right corner of the page.

Step 3: Register for a Vaccine

To confirm the appointment in the system, you must register for a vaccine in VAMS. Enter the required information on the Existing Account page to move forward with the appointment scheduling process.

  • Enter first namelast namedate of birth, and one of the following: email addresscell phone number, or VAMS system ID.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Register for Vaccine.
  • Enter the requested information on the Guest Registration page. Required information is indicated by red asterisks (*) in VAMS.
    • Representative/guardian information – If you are a representative or guardian registering on behalf of a recipient, select Yes and enter the required personal information.
    • First and last name
    • Date of birth
    • Sex
    • Race and ethnicity
    • Home address
    • Preferred method of contact (email, SMS, or “I prefer not to receive any communication from VAMS”)
    • Preferred language for communications (English or Español)
  • Select an option in the Account Information section. Creating an account is optional.
  • After entering the information, click Next.
  • Review the personal information and insurance information (if applicable) for accuracy. If any information is inaccurate, click Previous to make edits before moving forward.
  • Confirm all information is correct and complete, then check the box that you agree the information is correct.
  • Click Submit. This takes you to the confirmation page.
  • After clicking Submit, you will see a confirmation that the appointment has been scheduled. The confirmation includes the appointment details and a QR code the front desk can use to check you in upon arrival at the clinic.
Key Considerations
  • In order to confirm your appointment, you must register for a vaccine in the system.
  • Account creation is not required as part of the guest registration process.
  • Based on your selection in the Communications Preferences section, the information shown on the confirmation page will be included in an appointment confirmation notification sent via your preferred contact method.
  • After completing registration, you can log in at any time to review or edit your information or appointment(s) by navigating to your jurisdiction’s guest registration landing page and clicking the Manage Appointments button.

Option 2: Pre-Register for a Vaccine without Scheduling an Appointment

  • Recipients: Navigate to your jurisdiction’s guest registration landing page and click the link at the bottom that says, “Enter your information to pre-register.”
  • Confirm you do not already have a VAMS account by entering your first name, last name, date of birth, and one of the following: email address, cell phone number, or VAMS System ID.
  • Once you’ve entered your information, click Continue.
  • If you do not have a VAMS account, the system will say your information is not on file and you will see a Register for Vaccine button. Click this button to proceed.
    • If you do already have a VAMS account, you do not need to pre-register, as you are already registered in VAMS. The system will send a verification code to your preferred contact method. Enter this code on the screen and click Verify. You can then proceed with scheduling a vaccination appointment.
  • Enter all required information, marked by a red asterisk (*), then click Next.
  • VAMS will send a verification code to your preferred contact method. Enter this code in the pop-up window and click Verify.
  • Review your information and check the box at the bottom of the screen, confirming the information is accurate, then click Submit.

You are now pre-registered! You can click the Schedule Vaccination Appointment button if you are ready to schedule an appointment now, or simply return to the guest registration login screen at a later date and click the Schedule Your 1st Dose button.

Page last reviewed: July 26, 2021