WPAFB begins administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to base healthcare workers

WPAFB begins administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to base healthcare workers
Luke Rhoades, 788th Engineer Group, firefighter, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Capt. Erica Eyer, 88MDG, flight commander, Aerospace Operational Medicine Clinic, as Dan Deichert, 788EG firefighter/paramedic captures the moment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on Jan. 4, 2021. Rhoades and Deichert were some of the early first responders to get the vaccine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Coronavirus vaccinations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have started after the base received its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccines were given to Air Force medical staff and first responders using the Department of Defense’s phased approach to administering the vaccine.

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The focus of the initial round of vaccines, which is limited, is being used to vaccinate personnel critical to the base’s COVID-19 response, provide direct care or those at highest risk for developing a severe COVID-19 illness.

“Our vaccination plan for Team Wright-Patt is to prioritize our medical staff and first responders,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. “This significantly improves mission readiness and ensures our front-line Airmen are ready and safe as we navigate the next phase of the pandemic.”

The Pfizer vaccine is currently being administered using two doses 21 days apart.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is another item in our toolkit as medical professionals to help combat the pandemic, one that can provide long-term solutions to allow for better mission readiness and normal operating environments,” said Lt. Col. Thad Ocampo, chief of the 88th Medical Group’s Allergy and Immunizations Clinic. “Medical center staff have been preparing for this a few months now and are trained in safe vaccine protocols. We have plenty of medical supplies on hand to support vaccines and are ready to support our community.”

Those getting vaccinations on base are recommended to schedule the second dose appointment when they receive the first dose to make sure they receive the next dose as close to the 21-day mark as possible.