COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
COVID-19 vaccines currently available to all U.S. citizens and residents are Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, and Moderna. These vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 and its variants.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed the Pfizer COMIRNATY® vaccine for individuals age 16 and older.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is offered through an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for children ages 12-15.
- The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are offered through an FDA EUA for individuals age 18 and older.
DOD COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
The DOD now requires COVID-19 vaccines for all members of the Armed Forces under DOD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Each service will decide their own deadline for vaccination.
- If you’re a service member and you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine from a non-DOD provider, make sure to update your medical records.
- If you haven’t received your COVID vaccine yet, schedule your vaccine as soon as you can.
- Find a DOD COVID Vaccine Location near you
The DOD already requires all ADSMs to get other types of vaccines before they join the military. There are very narrow religious and medical exemptions available on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, contact your unit commander.
Recommended Third Dose
If you have an immune system that is moderately to severely compromised, the CDC recommends you may receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). This would be at least 4 weeks after your second dose. >>Learn More
Get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself, your family, your community, and our nation.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
The 92d Medical Group is offering the PFIZER COVID-19 vaccine to ALL eligible Department of Defense beneficiaries.
- Vaccinations are available via walk-in service at the 92 MDG Immunization Clinic between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed at 12:00 p.m. every third Wednesday of each month). No appointments necessary.
- Please do not arrive for your second dose earlier than 17 days after your first dose.
- Vaccination program updates will be available at our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 509-247-2580.
About The COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccines fight disease by producing an immune response within the body. Sometimes that means flu-like symptoms, such as aches, headache and fever. This is normal and a sign that your body is creating antibodies to protect you. DoD prioritization is designed to help ensure fair and equitable access to everyone, especially groups that are disproportionally affected by the pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Emergency Use Authorization has authorized the use of a COVID-19 vaccine after careful and rigorous testing and trials.
- None of the factors that contributed to the accelerated development of a COVID-19 vaccine imply that safety, scientific or ethical integrity are compromised, or that short-cuts have been made.
- DoD has full confidence in the safety, and efficacy of vaccine(s) and transparency in the latest vaccine(s) information.
Key points about the COVID-19 vaccine & DoD Distribution of the Vaccination:
- As of 21 December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Emergency Use Authorization has authorized the use of two Vaccines that are offered in a two-dose series separated by 3 to 4 weeks (dependent on Manufacturer’s Guidelines). Vaccines from different manufacturers will NOT be interchangeable. The vaccine recipient will receive the same vaccine for both doses.
- All vaccine recipients will be provided a copy of the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card after receipt of the vaccine. It is recommended that the second-dose appointment be made at the time of initial vaccinations, or instructions provided on procedures for second dose follow-up.
- The Department of Defense (DoD) remains committed to protecting our Service members, civilian employees, and families; safeguarding our national security capabilities; and supporting the whole-of nation response to the pandemic. The end-state is that DoD is able to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease in high-risk populations and simultaneously mitigate risk to military operations
- Early in the COVID-19 vaccination program, there will be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination distribution prioritization within the DoD will be consistent with data-driven CDC guidance for national prioritization.
- Prioritized DoD personnel are highly encouraged to take the vaccine to protect their health, their families, their community, and lower the public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Vaccines authorized for emergency use (EUA) are offered on a voluntary basis.
- Individuals are advised to wait a minimum of 14 days after receiving the Influenza vaccine to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The reason is the safety and efficacy of taking the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines is currently unknown. If you are in need of other immunizations or have recently received other vaccines, be sure to tell your provider so they can determine when you can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine.