COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being offered through an Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine is being administered in phases 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 vaccine is being offered on a voluntary basis, but priority populations are highly encouraged to get it. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your family, your community and our nation.
To learn more about the phased plan and DoD priorities, visit: www.health.mil/COVIDVaccine
Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
The 10th Medical Group at the United States Air Force Academy is now offering the Pfizer vaccine to the following groups as outlined in Phase 1C of the DoD Vaccination Schema:
- Health care providers and staff
- First responders
- Emergency services and public safety personnel
- Service members supporting the national COVID-19 response
- Personnel who perform critical national capabilities
- Personnel preparing to deploy to locations outside the U.S.
- Patients age 75 and older
- Frontline essential workers
- Patients age 65 and older
- Patients 16-65 with high risk health conditions
The 10th Medical Group continues to work through the Phases of the DoD schema. At this time, the 10th Medical Group is conducting vaccination during single day vaccine events held at the Cadet Field House (2168 Field House Drive, USAF Academy, Colorado, 80840). While we have begun to vaccinate Phases 1a, 1b and 1c, supply for Phase 1c remains limited. However, our partners at Evans Army Community Hospital continue to have more vaccine supply for this phase. In order to ensure vaccination for patients age 16-65 with high risk health conditions, we have automatically placed referrals that will enable these patients to be booked directly into appointments at either USAFA or Evans Army Community Hospital.
To get the vaccine:
- Active Duty Service Members and civilian employees of the Air Force Academy should contact their chain of command.
- All other beneficiaries, call the Access to Care line at 719-524-2273, option 1. If you are a patient age 16-65 and feel as though you have a high risk health condition and a referral has not been entered, a telephone consult will be submitted to your PCM so that your health history can be reviewed and determined whether you meet criteria for the vaccine.
- If when calling, there is no vaccine supply available at USAFA, the Access to Care Line agent may offer the vaccine at Evans Army Community Hospital.
- When booked for a vaccine at the USAF Academy or at Evans Army Community Hospital, please complete the DHA Form 207 for pre-screening and faster processing of our vaccination line.
What Happens Next?
Once you receive the vaccine, if you experience any side-effects or have any questions, please contact us via the secure messaging application at www.tolsecuremessaging.com, the Access to Care Line (719-524-2273) or contact the MHS Nurse Advice Line.
You will be scheduled or notified of your second dose of the vaccine either at the time of your booking or during your first vaccination. Although it is optimal to receive the vaccine a day 21, the second dose of the vaccine will remain effective as studied by the FDA, if received between days 17 and 42.
Why should I get the vaccine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool in stopping the pandemic. It may be an effective way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. And it may help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do catch the virus. Getting vaccinated also protects the health of the people around you—especially those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.