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UPDATE: All COVID-19 vaccinations at WRNMMC are provided by appointment only. Please visit the DHA Appointing Tool to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination. See below for Booster eligibility.

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.
The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

WRNMMC offers the Pfizer vaccines only.
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

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. This include pregnant service members. 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. Note: Booster doses are not part of the DOD mandate at this time.

Additional Dose for Immunocompromised

If you have certain immunocompromising conditions, such as undergoing cancer treatment or taking medications which suppress your immune system, CDC recommends you get an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after your second dose of an mRNA vaccine. >>Learn More

Booster Dose (Pfizer Only)

A COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine Booster shot is available for people who completed their primary Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago AND meet at least one of the following criteria: 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.

Are You a DOD Civilian Employee?

All DOD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, 2021, subject to exemptions as required by law. >>See SecDef Memo
  • Employees are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or 2 weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • New DoD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by their entry on duty (start) date or Nov. 22, 2021, whichever is later.

WRNMMC COVID Vaccine Site

The WRNMMC COVID Vaccine Site is located in Building 9 on the first floor. Hours of Operation are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for all DoD eligible beneficiaries 12 years of age and older by appointment only. You may schedule a vaccine appointment via the DHA Appointing Tool. Please report directly to Building 9 for your scheduled vaccination, and be sure to bring your military ID card. 

Click here for help planning your visit.

Please do not contact our clinics or the IRMAC appointment line for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. They are not part of the appointment process.  

Parking

On-site parking is limited. The nearest patient parking is available in Building 55 South/Arrowhead Garage.  

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Q1. What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
A1. Drugs and vaccines have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that only safe and effective products are available to the American public. During public health emergencies, when there is good scientific reason to believe that a product is safe and is likely to treat or prevent disease, the FDA may authorize its use through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), even if definitive proof of the effectiveness of the drug or vaccine is not known. FDA pre-licensure approval is considered for treatment or prevention of diseases that are very serious.

Q2. How do we know if the vaccine is safe? How will you monitor and track vaccine side effects? 
A2. The DoD is confident in the stringent regulatory process and requirements of the FDA. Manufacturers are required to submit their raw data for the FDA to review. Safety, immune response, and efficacy data from the trial stages are submitted to the FDA before they are authorized for use and distribution. Per FDA requirements, DoD will be monitoring and tracking vaccine reports of vaccine side effects through various surveillance activities both internal and external to the DoD.

Q3. If I already had COVID-19, should I still get a vaccine?
A3. Yes. Vaccination is recommended because the duration of immunity following COVID-19 infection is unknown and the vaccine may have value in protecting previously infected people. 
  
Q4. Do we still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing now that a vaccine is available?
A4. For the safety of our patients and staff, WRNMMC’s current policy remains in effect and unchanged. Please refer to installation guidance for policies that may be in place for other tenant commands at NSAB.
  
Q5. If I take the vaccine, will I still be required to comply with COVID-19 mitigation measures?
A5. Yes, it is important that everyone continues to comply with all COVID-19 mitigation/preventive measures even after receiving the vaccine. The more efficient we are at distributing the vaccine and the more people who accept it, the faster we can ‘return to normal’. The experts predict we’ll need about 70% of the American population vaccinated in order to have ‘herd immunity’. The closer we get to 100%, the safer we all will be!  We will continue to follow guidance from the DoD.
  
Q6. Will recipients of the vaccine receive a card or something as proof of receipt of the vaccine?
A6. It will be included in your electronic health record, and you will receive a card specifying the vaccine you received.
  
Q7. Is the COVID-19 vaccine one or two shots?
A7. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is a two-shot regimen. The second Pfizer dose cannot be given sooner than 21 days. The initial shot by itself can provide significant benefit and protection, while the second shot provides even greater protection. Based on what we know about other vaccines in development, it will likely also lead to longer lasting immunity. A third shot is available at least 4 weeks after the second dose to people with certain conditions that compromise the immune system. >>Learn More
  
Q8. Can I get the Moderna vaccine if it becomes available if my first shot was made by Pfizer?
A8. No. Individuals will receive both doses of the same manufacturer only. 
  
Q9. Who do I contact if I experience adverse effects from the vaccine?
A9. A medical provider is at the COVID Vaccine Site should you need immediate medical assistance. If you experience adverse effects after you have already left the base, you can contact your medical provider or the MHS Nurse Advise Line at 1-800-TRICARE, Option 1. For severe symptoms, contact your Primary Care Provider or go to the emergency room.
  
Q10. If I begin to feel ill after the shot, should I be concerned about being around my family members?
A10. You should not be concerned about any adverse effects from the shot putting your family at risk. Current data shows that about 10-15% of vaccine recipients have side effects from the COVID vaccine. These can include redness, soreness at the injection site, feeling tired, feeling generally ill and fever. It is recommended that those who have a fever stay home from work and away from their family members as much as possible. That is not because of any risk from the shot, but rather, because it is possible that someone with a fever might have a different infection, completely unrelated to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that simply occurred at the same time as receiving the vaccine. For most people, side effects from the shot last a day or two, anything longer than that could be caused by something other than the vaccine. 
  
Q11. How long will protection last following vaccination?
A11. We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination but it will be critically important to measure long-term protection (at least two years) in the phase 3 trials and in other groups prioritized for early vaccination. We are still learning about the duration of protection following infection with COVID-19 and it is too early to tell how long protection will last.
  
Q12. Should children get the vaccine?
A12. While children and adolescents typically have a milder course of COVID-19 than adults, control of the virus in younger patients is a key factor in providing immunity to a community. On 12 May 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a recommendation for patients aged 12 to 15 years of age to receive the Pfizer COVID Vaccine under the existing FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Prior to coming to this decision, the FDA and CDC evaluated data from clinical studies involving patients 12 to 15 years of age and determined that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for this age group. Parents with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to discuss them with their child’s primary care manager.  
  
Q13. If I am pregnant, can I get the vaccine?
A13. The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
  
Q14. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A14. No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccines. There are two types of vaccines available against COVID-19: mRNA and viral vector. Neither type of vaccine can cause COVID-19.
  
Q15. Should I get the vaccine for influenza (flu shot)?
A15. Yes, it is important to get the seasonal influenza vaccine. Typically every year during the winter months, influenza causes many hospitalizations and deaths, especially among the very young and very old. Before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to tell your provider about any vaccinations you have already received or are planning to get, so the best timing of your COVID-19 vaccine can be determined.

Q16. How will the DoD track personnel who receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
A16. Everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine will be tracked through existing medical record and readiness reporting systems.
  
Q17. Is WRNMMC offering a Third Dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
A17. On August 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Third Dose of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people with certain immunocompromised conditions. Per guidance from the Defense Health Agency, WRNMMC is providing a Third Dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech to people with the following conditions:
  • Active treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Receipt of organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy 
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), high-dose chemotherapy, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, and other biologic agents that suppress the immune system
If you do not meet eligibility for the third dose based on the stated criteria but feel that you should still receive one, please consult with your primary care provider.

Q18: Does my Third Dose have to be the same brand as my primary vaccine series?
A18: WRNMMC is only dispensing the Pfizer vaccine. If you received the Moderna vaccine for your primary vaccine series, and you are eligible for a Third Dose, it is possible to receive the Pfizer vaccine since both brands are mRNA vaccines. However, if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as your initial dose, you will not be able to receive another dose using the Pfizer vaccine since the J&J brand is not within the mRNA family of vaccines. To limit the potential confusion surrounding the vaccine types, you are encouraged to receive the same vaccine brand for your Third Dose as you received during your primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

Q19: What is the difference between the Third Dose and the Booster shot?
A19:
The main differences are:
  • Who is eligible
  • When the vaccine is given
  • Which vaccine brand is approved
A Third Dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people with certain conditions that compromise the immune system. The Third Dose is considered part of a patient’s primary vaccine series, and is given at least 28 days from the Second Dose. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine brands have been approved by the FDA for the Third Dose.

The Booster shot is currently only available to certain people who have:
  • a greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or 
  • an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their work or living conditions, AND
  • received the Pfizer vaccine for their primary vaccine series
The Booster shot is given at least 6 months after completing your primary vaccine series. Only the Pfizer vaccine brand has been approved for Booster shots, and cannot be given to patients who received the Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccine for their primary vaccine series. >>Learn more

Q20: When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine Booster if I am NOT in one of the eligible groups? 
A20: Additional populations may be eligible to receive a Booster shot as more data becomes available. The COVID-19 vaccines approved and authorized in the United States continue to be effective at reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly evolves. Experts are looking at all available data to understand how well the vaccines are working for different populations. This includes looking at how new variants, like Delta, affect vaccine effectiveness.

Q21: If we need a Booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?
A21: No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

Q22: What should people who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine do? 
A22:
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC’s recommendations are bound by what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization allows. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech Booster authorization only applies to people whose primary series was Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J/Janssen vaccine will likely need a Booster shot. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen Booster shots are expected in the coming weeks. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J/Janssen Booster shots.

Q23: What are the risks to getting a Booster? 
A23: For many who have completed their primary series with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the benefits of getting a Booster shot outweigh the known and potential risks. So far, reactions reported after the third Pfizer-BioNTech shot were similar to that of the 2-shot primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Q24: Does this change the definition of “fully vaccinated” for those eligible for Booster shots? 
A24: People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine. This definition applies to all people, including those who receive an additional dose as recommended for moderate to severely immunocompromised people and those who receive a Booster shot.

Q25: Will providers accept anyone who says they’re eligible to receive a Booster shot? Will people need to show a doctor’s note/prescription or other documentation?
A25: It’s important to note that individuals can self-attest (i.e. self-report that they are eligible) and receive a Booster shot wherever vaccines are offered. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for these select populations receiving their Booster shot.

Please call our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at (301) 295-CVAX (2829) for the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine availability at WRNMMC.

Contact Us

Phone

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line:
(301) 295-2829

Location

COVID Vaccine Site: Building 9, Floor 1

Hours

Monday thru Friday
0800 - 1600

Helpful Information


How to Make a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Appointments for COVID vaccinations may be scheduled via the DHA Appointing Portal
  • Please select ONLY Pfizer
  • Please verify Second Dose appointment is at least 21 days (3 weeks) after your Initial Dose
  • If you are eligible for a Third Dose, please verify appointment is at least 28 days (4 weeks) after your Second Dose
  • If you are eligible for a Booster Shot, please verify appointment is at least 6 months after completing your primary vaccine series
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.