COVID-19 Vaccination Q & A

Key Questions and Answers:

Q: Are vaccines available at USEUCOM treatment facilities? 

A: Vaccines are currently available to a limited number of personnel based on the phased approach outlined by the DoD and DHA. After the initial administration of the vaccine is complete, the lessons learned will be used to inform future distribution of the vaccine to other USEUCOM personnel. Additional information about how vaccinations will be conducted will be provided after the initial round of vaccinations have been completed.

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?

A: The vaccination distribution at this time is voluntary and in accordance with the DoD guidance as part of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) only. Until there is direction to take the vaccine, there is no requirement at this time.

Q: Is the Moderna vaccine the only one available to DoD personnel? 

A: At this time, the Moderna vaccine is the only version being distributed to DoD locations within the USEUCOM region. 

Q: I understand that the Moderna vaccine is given in two doses. How does this work? 

A: In order to be fully effective, both doses of the vaccine must be taken as prescribed. The Moderna vaccine requires patients to wait 24-28 days after receiving the first dose before they get the second dose. The period between doses for other varieties of the vaccine may differ. For more information, visit the Health.mil website: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Efforts/Getting-the-COVID-19-Vaccine

Q: Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received doses of the vaccine? 

A: Yes, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least six feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Q: Can I/my family get the vaccination off-base at a local provider in the country where I/we live?

A: Personnel who receive care at host nation medical facilities are advised to contact their primary health care provider for information about the availability of a vaccination in the local community where they live and work. At this time we are using the DoD processes in place, and refer you to the DoD roll out.