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COVID-19 Vaccinations - What You Need To Know

Taking the vaccine protects you, your community, and our nation.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety before being authorized for use in the United States.

COVID-19 vaccines granted an EUA are offered on a voluntary basis. These vaccines cannot be mandated until they are fully licensed, a process which will take many more months. All Army personnel are encouraged to take the vaccine to lower the risk of developing COVID-19.

The currently authorized Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are non-live-virus, messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines which do not cause COVID-19 in vaccinated persons.

Early COVID-19 vaccines will be given in a two-dose series separated by 21 or 28 days, depending on the manufacturer. Vaccines from different manufacturers are NOT interchangeable. Individuals must receive the same vaccine in the series.

Each recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive the FDA vaccine-specific EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients which provides the following information:

o Basic information on COVID-19, symptoms, and what to discuss with a health care provider before vaccination

o Who should and should not receive the vaccine

o That recipients have the choice to receive the vaccine

o Dosage and vaccine series information

o Risks and benefits of the vaccine

o An explanation of what an EUA is and why it is issued

o Any approved available alternatives for preventing COVID-19

o Additional resources

The COVID-19 vaccine has some known, expected side effects. Expected side effects should go away after a few days. Some reported side effects include:

o On the arm where you got the shot:


o Throughout the rest of your body:
Mild fever




Muscle aches

Army personnel should continue to follow basic public health guidance even after receiving the vaccine – wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands and avoid large gatherings.

The Department of Defense (DoD) expects to receive enough vaccine for all 11.1 million Active Duty, dependents, Retirees, Reserve Components, all DoD employees and contractors, and Public Health Service.

The Army is initially distributing a limited quantity of COVID-19 vaccine and prioritizing recipients of the vaccine based on the CDC’s prioritization framework.

To the greatest extent possible, beneficiaries in priority groups who are enrolled at Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) should come to the MTF to be vaccinated. This will ensure the maximum number of vaccines sent to non-DoD jurisdictions will be available for the general public. TRICARE beneficiaries who receive care at DoD MTFs on a space-available basis can alternatively receive vaccine through the local civilian jurisdiction.

Army personnel are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider to learn more details and with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and when the vaccine will become availa

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