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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 has implemented a standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering a COVID-19 vaccine(s) 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.

Effective April 19, 2021 all eligible and authorized TRICARE beneficiaries can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, as available, at a DOD vaccination site. 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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