COVID-19 Vaccine Availability at WRNMMC
WRNMMC offers all FDA-approved and authorized Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses to beneficiaries 6 months and older on a walk-in basis.
Please note: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years is a three-dose primary series. The first and second doses are separated by 21 days, and the second and third doses are separated by eight weeks. Learn more>>
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. Please report directly to Building 9 for your vaccination, and be sure to bring your military ID card.
Click here for help planning your visit.
On-site parking is limited. The nearest patient parking is available in Arrowhead Garage (Building 55).
DOD COVID-19 Vaccine Service Member Mandate
COVID-19 vaccines are required for all members of the armed forces on active duty or in the Reserve or Guard components, including pregnant service members, according to DOD. Each service decides their own deadline for vaccination.
- If you’re a service member and have 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-19 Vaccine Location near you.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, contact your unit commander.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children ages 6 months through 17 years
The CDC recommends all children 6 months and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- If you’re unsure if the vaccine is right for your child, we recommend discussing your child’s medical conditions, including prior reaction to vaccines, with a medical provider.
- For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens webpage.
The CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older receive a booster
dose 5 months after completing the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible.
- People aged 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY® or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should receive a 1st booster dose 5 months after dose 2 of the primary series.
- Children 5 and older who completed the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY® COVID-19 vaccine should receive a 1st booster dose 5 months after dose 2 of the primary series.
- If you received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine you should get a booster dose 2 months after your initial Janssen dose.
CDC has also expanded eligibility for an additional (second) booster dose for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19:
- People aged 50 years and older, or have a weakened immune system may receive a second mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, and Moderna) booster dose, 4 months after the first booster dose.
- Individuals aged 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine may a second booster dose of either mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, and Moderna) vaccine.
Concerns about the vaccine?
Speak with a Vaccine Expert.
You may contact the DHA-Immunization Healthcare Support Center at 1-877-GET-VACC (1-877-438-8222) option 1 or Defense Switch Network (DSN) 761-4245, option 1, if you have questions about the vaccines or about an adverse event following vaccination.
Visit the CDC Website
for current COVID-19 booster guidance
Visit the TRICARE website
for information about the COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Q1. What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 more than a single shot?
That depends on the manufacturer of the vaccine you receive. Visit the CDC website for more information
Q8. Can I get the Moderna vaccine if it becomes available if my first shot was made by Pfizer?
No. Individuals will receive both doses of the same manufacturer only.
Q9. Who do I contact if I experience adverse effects from the vaccine?
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?
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-19 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?
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?
The CDC recommends all children 6 months and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Children and Teens
webpage. Parents with questions about the vaccines are encouraged to discuss them with their child’s primary care manager.
Q13. If I am pregnant, can I get the vaccine?
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?
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)?
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?
Everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine will be tracked through existing medical record and readiness reporting systems.
Q17: If we need a Booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?
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.
Q18: What are the risks to getting a Booster?
Adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. Serious side effects are rare
, but may occur.
Q19: Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster?
Yes, the definition of fully vaccinated has not changed and does not include a booster. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated after their last dose of the primary vaccine series. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations
, which includes getting boosters when eligible.
Q20: 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?
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.
Q21: When am I eligible for a booster?
Use the CDC’s COVID-19 Booster Tool
to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
Q22. Does the brand of my booster matter?
According to the CDC, people ages 18 and older may get a different brand for their booster dose than they received for their primary vaccine series.
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.