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COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Vaccine candidates are being offered through an Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Getting the vaccine protects yourself, your family, your community and our nation.

The Department of Defense is implementing a standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering a COVID-19 vaccine(s) through a phased approach to DoD uniformed service members, both the active and Selected Reserve components, including members of the National Guard; dependents; retirees; civilian employees, and selected DoD contract personnel as authorized in accordance with DoD regulation.

The Department’s priorities are:

  • Protecting our Service members, DoD civilians, and families
  • Safeguarding our national security capabilities
  • Supporting the whole-of-nation response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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About the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible and we understand there may be concerns, but processes and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized for use. Vaccine(s) for COVID-19 are only available after they are:

  • Demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase three clinical trials
  • Authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Manufactured and distributed safely and securely

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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DOD recommends adults 75 and older should seek COVID-19 vaccine

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This age recommendation differs slightly from that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends vaccinations for those 65 and older.

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This graphic should be used by facilities that are administering the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna which requires two doses that should be 28 days apart. The graphic is available to use on the web, social media or two print out to post in the immunization clinics.

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COVID-19 Pfizer Poster

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BACH healthcare workers and first responders vaccinated for COVID-19

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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

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DHA-IPM 20-004: Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation

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This Defense Health Agency (DHA) Interim Procedures Memorandum (IPM), based on the authority of References (a) through (d), and in accordance with the guidance cited in References (e) through (aa), establishes the DHA’s procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. This DHA-IPM applies to DHA, DHA Components (activities under the authority direction, and control of the DHA), Military Departments (MILDEP), and the United States Coast Guard (CG). This DHA-IPM cancels and replaces DHA-IPM 20-004, “Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation,” December 13, 2020.

Supplemental Guidance for Providing DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccines to DoD Contractor Employees and Select Foreign Nationals

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This memorandum provides supplemental guidance on the provision of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, in accordance with reference (a). The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is the lead coordinating DoD Component for executing this guidance, in coordination with the Military Departments and other DoD Components as appropriate.

MHS Minute: December 2020

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See how MHS is leading a phased approach to offer 11.1 million Department of Defense personnel the first COVID-19 vaccines. To learn more about the safety and efficacy behind COVID-19 vaccines, go to: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Efforts.

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Defense Health Agency Director: Vaccine rollout safe and effective

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